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Places to Hunt & Shoot

Shooting

Find out complete details about Iowa’s public hunting areas and shooting ranges.
 

Public Hunting Atlas - New & Improved version of the Hunting Atlas released October 2019!
The Hunting Atlas is an interactive map that shows all lands open to public hunting in the state, totaling 721,806 acres. The Hunting Atlas also gives basic information about those areas such as: acres, general habitat description, expected species and links to more information. It will also tell a user what hunting zones any area of the state falls into. Check it out to help you plan your next hunt!

Download: Hunting Atlas boundaries for Google Earth [*.kmz] - Updated 10/26/2020

Habitat & Access Program (IHAP)
Through the Iowa Habitat and Access Program (IHAP), Iowa landowners open their land to public hunting and in turn receive funding and expertise for habitat improvements. IHAP has enrolled more than 22,000 acres across 51 counties that are now open for walk-in public hunting from September 1 - May 31 each year.

Wildlife Management Areas
The DNR's Wildlife Bureau manages over 390,000 acres that are open to public hunting. 

Iowa Shooting Ranges
Several shooting ranges across the state offer hunters a place to practice shooting safely and conveniently.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will begin a phased in reopening of the Banner and Olofson shooting ranges with new social distancing protocols customers will need to follow.

Banner Range reopened Aug. 17 with a reduced hours schedule for the next two weeks. Banner Range will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 18, 21, 24, 25 and 28. It will return to normal operations on Aug. 31.

Olofson Range will reopen with a reduced hours schedule for the next two weeks starting Aug. 19. Olofson Range will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28. It will return to normal operations on Sept. 2.



List of Iowa Private Shooting Preserves