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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.
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.
Good luck and thank you for hunting in Iowa.
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Wetland Habitat Conditions(November 2, 2018)
Waterfowl Migration Report(For week of January 2, 2019)
This is not a complete set of hunting, fishing and trapping laws but contains the information you are most likely to need to safely participate in these outdoor activities.
2018-19 Hunting, Trapping and Migratory Game Bird Regulations Regulations
Season Dates, Upland Game Hunting Regulations, Migratory Game Bird Seasons & Limits, Deer Hunting Regulations, Fall Turkey Regulations, Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations, Nonresident Spring Turkey Hunting Information, Sunrise-Sunset Table
List of Recreational Licenses and Fees
Hunting and Trapping, Resident Deer Hunting, Nonresident Deer Hunting, Turkey Hunting, Fishing Licenses, Recreational Vehicle Registrations and Other Licenses and Products
Falconry Regulations, Chapter 102 (Iowa Administrative Code)
571-102.2 Migratory Bird Regulations
571-102.3 Small Game
Fishing and Hunting License Vendors
Alphabetical listing by county (and state) of the over 900 hunting and fishing license sales agents for the State of Iowa.
The Iowa DNR is excited to announce several new fishing and hunting license options! These licenses will increase convenience, help lessen worry about expiring, save money and give you new opportunities to fish and hunt.
Residents and nonresidents can also now purchase:
Buy your new license today online or at your Local License Retailer.
Establishing residency in the state of Iowa
Were the last licenses or tags you purchased in the state of Iowa nonresident tags? Are you now permanently living in Iowa? Here is what is required to prove eligibility of Iowa Residency. ( for former nonresidents)
Resident License Application Form Changing Your Residency Status FAQ
All hunters hunting licensed hunting preserves must obtain an Iowa small game hunting license and habitat fee, or obtain the hunting preserve hunting license valid only on licensed preserves, and the habitat fee. Resident Iowa youth under the age of 16 are not required to have a license, but must be accompanied by a licensed adult 18 years of age or older. Non-resident youth under the age of 16 are required to possess a non-resident youth preserve license and habitat fee. The non-resident youth under 16 years of age are not required to have completed a hunter safety/education course.
All preserve game birds and game animals harvested on the licensed preserve must be properly tagged with transportation/kill tags as required by law. Hunting preserve operators are responsible for tagging the harvested game bird or animal before it is transported from the licensed preserve.
Populations of large mammals, once native to Iowa, have been gone from the Iowa landscape for 80 to 100 years. Learn more regarding wolves, bears, mountain lions and moose.
More information: Iowa's Occasional Wildlife Visitors
The Iowa DNR is required to authorize a club or individual to hold an organized dog trial (e.g. bird dog, retriever, coon dog, fox hound) within the state, regardless of whether the event is held on public or private ground.
At least 30 days before the scheduled date of the dog trial, an application must be filed with the DNR using the Special Events web-based application found at https://programs.iowadnr.gov/specialevents/.
For more information, contact your local conservation officer or wildlife biologist.
We work hard to keep our calendar current, but always refer to the hunting regulation booklet for official, legal season dates.
Iowa Hunting Seasons - Calendars >>
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