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Don't Wait Till the Last Minute to Purchase Shotgun Deer Season Licenses

  • 11/24/2015 7:15:00 AM
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Hunters planning to participate in Iowa’s shotgun deer season are encouraged to purchase their licenses ahead of time to avoid long lines at the retailer.

The DNR expects around 70,000 hunters to participate in the first shotgun season and so far, fewer than 30 percent of the licenses have been sold.  Iowa’s first shotgun deer season begins Dec. 5.

Successful hunters are reminded to report their deer harvest by midnight the day after the deer is recovered.

For hunters with Internet access, the online harvest reporting is the easiest way to register the deer. Hunters can report their deer online at, by calling the toll free reporting number 1-800-771-4692, or at any license vendor. 

Accurately reporting the harvest is an important part of Iowa’s deer management program and plays a vital role in managing deer populations and future hunting opportunities. Reporting the harvest is required by law. Hunters will be checked for compliance.