Turkey Hunting in Iowa

By the early 1900's, unrestricted market hunting and drastic reductions in habitat had eliminated wild turkeys in Iowa. For many years, the thunderous gobbles of the wild turkey were absent from Iowa's woodlands and forests.

This silence was broken in 1966 when the Iowa Conservation Commission, now the Department of Natural Resources, initiated a program to return the wild turkey to Iowa. Wild turkeys were released at several sites across the state, with the first release occurring in Lee County, Iowa. Since these early days, turkey populations have expanded across the entire state of Iowa.

Iowa Hunting and Trapping Regulations, Full Book
- Iowa Hunting Seasons and Bag Limits, Quick Reference Card

Coming to Iowa to hunt for turkey?
Nonresident spring turkey application period is Jan 1 to the last Sunday in January. The application will be available in December. Check availability of available licenses before going online to purchase. For zone map information and season dates be sure to download our Nonresident Turkey Application Guide

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Turkey Hunting in Iowa - FAQ
+ Nonresident - Application Period, Drawing Status
+ Nonresident - Leftover Limited Quota Licenses
+ Turkey Hunting - Season Dates
+ Turkey Hunting - Measuring spurs, etc (Scoring)
+ Turkey Hunting - Obtaining a permit
+ Turkey Hunting - Are decoy's legal?
+ Turkey Hunting - Weapon & shot size restrictions
+ Turkey Hunting - Can I call for someone else?
+ Turkey Hunting - Transportation tags
+ Turkey Hunting - Record book registrations
+ Wild Turkey - Range Information
+ Wild Turkey - Population Information
+ Wild Turkey - Production Survey

For more information regarding wild turkey information, hunting seasons and zones in your area, contact your local wildlife biologist, conservation officer or call the Iowa DNR call center at 515-725-8200.

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Turkey Hunting, Season Dates

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