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Places to Hunt & Shoot


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 10/16/19

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 has closed the Olofson shooting range, near Big Creek State Park, and the Banner shooting range at Summerset State Park. The ranges will be closed through March 31.

The closure is based on guidance from state and national health officials to avoid public gatherings of more than 10 people. 

List of Iowa Private Shooting Preserves