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Apply now for Iowa nonresident deer tags

The Iowa nonresident deer hunting application period is now open. Applications close June 6 at midnight, so get a head start and apply today! As a reminder, preference point purchases and applications are no longer available by phone and will only be accessible online. Please follow the instructions below to apply. 

How to apply:

A few quick reminders:
  • Hunter Safety: Proof of hunter safety education is required for anyone born on or after January 1, 1972. If your certificate is not already on file, you can upload it to your Iowa DNR account and it will be verified within one business day.
  • Group Application: If you are planning to come to Iowa with a group of hunters, you may choose to apply as a group. Applying as a group will ensure that if one group member is drawn, all others in the group will automatically be drawn as well. No hunter left behind!
  • Apply Early: Applying early will not affect your drawing odds, but it does give Iowa DNR staff time to assist you if you make a mistake or have issues with your application.

Good luck and thank you for hunting in Iowa!

Annual Information

Before you buy, you may view your preference points by visiting: www.gooutdoorsiowa.com. If you need assistance in finding this information, please use our NR Peference Point Guide.

Make sure to look at the NR Turkey Zone Map to assure you have the correct zone as spring nr turkey zones differ from deer hunting zones.

You can purchase your nonresident spring turkey draw application or your preference point now by visiting: www.gooutdoorsiowa.com. To assist you with your purchase, we created the NR Turkey Purchasing Guide.


  • Purchase and view / print your licenses & permits
  • Submit harvest reports and check quotas
  • View and Manage Your Customer Account


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Hunting Applications

For special Nonresident Deer license applications such as a Crossbow permit, application to hunt the Severely Disabled season or other related applications, please visit our listing found on our Hunting Licenses & Laws, Special License Applications page.

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