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2019 DNR sale set for May 4

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will hold the 2019 spring auction on May 4, at the Elwell Family Food Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, in Des Moines. Doors will open at 7 a.m., and the auction will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The public may view the items for sale and pre-register for the auction from 4 to 6 p.m., on May 3.

There will not be any buyer’s premium fee added to the sale.

Items up for auction include more than 500 firearms, bows, gun barrels, scopes, gun cases and other assorted equipment. The items are sold “as is” with no guarantee or warranty.

Any person interested in purchasing a firearm at the auction must have either a valid Iowa permit to acquire pistols or revolvers, a federal firearms license, or a professional or non-professional permit to carry concealed weapons. The Iowa permit to acquire can be obtained from a sheriff’s office. Allow two to three weeks to receive the permit.

Payment must be made on auction day. All sales are final. All items must be removed from the site within one half hour after the sale completion.

The Iowa DNR reserves the right to reject any bids and withdraw any item from the sale at any time.

A sale bill is available online ( 2019 Spring Sale) and will be updated if inventory is added. The DNR will not be mailing any sale bills.


Iowa Nonresident Deer Applications, Open May 4 - June 2, 2019

The first day to apply for an Iowa nonresident deer application is May 4. Applications close June 2 at midnight, so mark your calendar and don't miss out! Preference point purchases and applications are no longer available by phone this season and will only be accessible online. Please follow the instructions below to apply.

How to apply

Benefits of new license system features
While phone applications will not be available this season, below is a list of new features to make the online application easier to navigate.

  • Document upload feature: upload your hunter safety certificate directly to your account.
  • Streamlined purchasing process: Buy your deer tags and licenses in fewer steps.
  • Improved accessibility: check preference points and award status easily online.
  • And More!

Good luck and thank you for hunting in Iowa.


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