Public Meetings, Hunting Season Recap and Possible Rule Change Discussions

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a series of town hall-style meetings where local staff will provide updates on recently completed hunting seasons, discuss possible changes to hunting rules and regulations, and address other topics as requested. These meetings replace the one-night listening session held in late winter over the past 15 years.

For information and dates/times:
DNR to recap hunting seasons, discuss possible rule changes at public meetings across the state.

2020 DNR sale set for March 21

The 2020 DNR state auction will be held March 21st at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in the Livestock pavilion. There will be a public viewing of items and pre registration on Friday March 20th from 4-6pm. The doors will open at 7am on Saturday march 21st for registration and public viewing with the auction starting promptly at 8:30am. All sales are final and items sold as is. You must have a valid Id and right to carry permit, FFL dealers license or conceal carry permit to purchase firearms. No permit needed to purchase other items. Inquiries can be made with the auctioneer: Auction Solutions,

A sale bill is available online ( 2020 Spring Sale) and will be updated if inventory is added. 
The DNR will not be mailing any sale bills.

Hunting News
LPDV Research Study

The Iowa DNR, in partnership with Iowa State University, is conducting a research study looking for the presence of lymphoproliferative disease (LPDV), a relatively new disease involving wild turkeys that has been found in other states and may be making its way to Iowa.

Successful turkey hunters, we could use your help! Find out more:

Wild Turkey Sample Submission Form
Regulations and other information
+ Hunting, Trapping & Migratory Game Bird Regs
+ Hunting and Fishing License Combos
+ Establishing Residency in the State of Iowa
+ Hunting Licensed Hunting Preserves in Iowa
+ Iowa's Occasional Wildlife Visitors
+ Organized Dog Trial Applications
Federal Duck Stamp

Beginning July 2019, Iowa migratory bird hunters can buy their Federal Duck Stamp in the form of an E-Stamp through all Iowa license vendors and through the Go Outdoors Iowa online portal.

After purchasing the E-Stamp, hunters will be eligible to hunt using the E-Stamp for up to 45 days while the physical Federal Duck Stamp is being mailed to their home address.

Visit the US Fish & Wildlife Service website.

General Hunting Calendar

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 >>

 Full DNR Events Calendar >>