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2020-21 Hunting, Trapping and Migratory Game Bird Regulations

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.

2020-21 Regulations, Hunting, Trapping and Migratory Game Bird, Full Book**
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

** Regulations Correction
The printed version of the 2019-20 Iowa Hunting, Trapping and Migratory Game Bird Regulations omitted the language from a new state law that allows hunters with a nonambulatory deer license to hunt during any open season until the license is filled, using the method of take allowed for that season. The error was discovered too late for the print edition. It has been corrected in the online copy (page 40).

Fur Harvester Education

Fur Harvester Education is not-mandatory in Iowa in order to hunt or trap.  This course is designed to give participants the knowledge, skill, attitude, and judgment to selectively and responsibly trap furbearing animals for the many benefits it provides.

Participants who attend a hands-on Iowa Fur Harvester Education Workshop will receive instruction on:

  • History and heritage of the fur trade;
  • Biology and management of Iowa furbearers;
  • Wildlife regulations and their purpose;
  • Ethics and responsibility;
  • Fur harvesting equipment;
  • The basics of harvesting Iowa Furbearers;
  • Marketing Furbearers;
  • Public relations; and
  • The basics of outdoor safety and survival.

To sign up for a hands-on Fur Harvester Education Workshop search our Statewide Online Database under "Advanced Hunter Education Courses" for an upcoming workshop in your area!

The Iowa DNR also recognizes the online Today's Trapper Course as a means to receive certification.  Those students wishing to complete the course online to receive certification must complete the course by clicking the link below and following the additional instructions to receive an Iowa Fur Harvester Education Certificate.

To take the online Today's Trapper Course visit:

How to Remove A Dog From a Snare
YouTube: South Dakota GFP

How to Remove A Dog From a Trap
YouTube: South Dakota GFP

Additional Resources

Population and Harvest Trends
For information regarding the status of Iowa's wildlife populations, check out the Population and Harvest Trends logbook.

The Red Fox in Iowa
by Ronald Andrews

Fur Dealer List
A current list of licensed fur dealers.

Fur Dealer Location List
A current list of permitted locations where licensed fur dealers can purchase furs other than the address shown on the above list.


Occasional Wildlife Visitors to Iowa
Populations of large mammals, once native to Iowa, have been gone from the Iowa landscape for 80 to 100 years. While we no longer have breeding populations of these animals in Iowa, expanding populations in nearby states increases the potential to receive visits from wandering animals. Find out more about our occasional wildlife visitors.

Setting a trap and a successful harvest, photos

ISU/DNR Bobcat Study

Learn more in regards to bobcat population dynamics, distribution and landscape genetics via the results of a completed ISU/DNR bobcat research project.

Trapping & Furharvesting Seasons

We work hard to keep our calendar current, but always refer to the hunting regulation booklet for official, legal season dates.