White-Tailed Deer, Buck
Deer Hunting in Iowa

The return of the white-tailed deer as a major game species in Iowa is a tribute to good landowner attitude and progressive management, research and enforcement programs. Likewise, responsibility for the future of deer in Iowa depends upon the cooperation of hunters and landowners, preservation of critical timber habitat, legislative support and continued professional management of the resource.

Iowa Hunting and Trapping Regulations, Full Book
- Iowa Hunting Seasons and Bag Limits, Quick Reference Card


General Deer Information
A Review of Iowa's Deer Management Program


Iowa's Hunting & Fishing License Online Portal:
Purchase your hunting licenses, check the Deer Harvest Report as well as the current hunting quota counts.

2018 Draw Results Posted

If you applied for deer tags in Iowa this year, you can now look and see if you were successful in the drawing! Drawing results have been posted as of June 23. Use your online purchasing account to check your drawing status.

For those of you who were successful, congratulations! Successful applicants will be mailed their tags and licenses in July.

If you were unsuccessful, check out other 2018 deer hunting options in Iowa by viewing our available left over quota tags. Excess tags will go on sale at 6 a.m. CST on July 28. Unsuccessful applicants will be automatically granted a preference point on their record and will be issued a refund check within the next 6-8 weeks.

For additional information, please visit iowadnr.gov/nonresidenthunting

+ Iowa's Record Bucks
+ Help Us Stop Hunger (HUSH)
+ Drury Outdoors, Iowa DNR Roundtable (Videos)

Iowa DNR | Hunting, Deer

We work hard to keep our calendar current, but always refer to the hunting regulation booklet for official, legal season dates.