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Iowa Hunter Education Program

COVID-19 Hunter Education Update, 1/11/2021

We know you are very excited to begin your journey to become an avid hunter in Iowa and we are excited to help you achieve your dream!

Safety is our top priority--for you and for our instructors. We want everyone to be safe and healthy.  Many of our classes and field days are taught by volunteer instructors.  Because they so graciously dedicate several hours of their time volunteering to teach these courses, we are allowing them to decide whether they feel comfortable with the current conditions to hold classes and field days.  We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, but we thank you for your patience and understanding of this decision as we all work together during these uncertain times with COVID-19.

Classes and field days for 2021 are starting to be posted to our new online registration website. To sign up for a Hunter Education class or field day visit: https://events.gooutdoorsiowa.com.  You will want to check back to this site frequently as additional classes and field days will be added over the next several months.  If you are 18 and older, you can always take the online version of the Hunter’s Education course by visiting: http://www.hunter-ed.com/iowa/.

In the new Go Outdoors Iowa Event Registration System, all students will be required to have a Go Outdoors Iowa Customer Account.  If you would like to go ahead and create an account now to expedite your registration process, please visit:  www.gooutdoorsiowa.com.  

Due to the potential cancellations of in-person hunter education courses, and if you are not able to find another course that fits your schedule, we don’t want you to miss out on the upcoming hunting seasons this spring, so here are some recommendations:

  • Anyone ages 15 years and younger are able to participate in hunting activities if accompanied by an adult 18 and older who holds a valid hunting license.
  • Anyone ages 16 – 17 can purchase an apprentice hunting license to hunt alongside an adult 18 and older who holds a valid hunting license.
  • Anyone ages 18 and older can complete the required hunter education course online.

Additional Hunter Education Self-Study Resources to check out while you wait for classes or field days to resume:

If you have any questions, please contact: Megan Wisecup, DNR Hunter Education Administrator at Megan.Wisecup@dnr.iowa.gov.

Thank you for your dedication, passion and interest in Iowa’s wildlife and natural resources!

The goals of the DNR Hunter Education Program are as follows:

  • Educate Iowans about hunter safety
  • Promote hunter education and ethics
  • Train volunteer instructors to teach hunter education
  • Continue to keep hunting the safe activity it has become

By providing hunter education to the public, the DNR will help ensure the safety of hunters throughout our state by continuing to promote ethics and fair chase, hunter responsibility and landowner relations. The safety, recruitment, and retention of hunters are important in continuing the tradition of hunting in Iowa's GREAT Outdoors!

Hunter education is a mandatory program that is designed to introduce students to several life-long skills that are important to the many different types of outdoor recreational opportunities. The course teaches students basic survival and first aid skills, water safety, wildlife identification, and the basics of wildlife management, hunting laws, and firearm/archery safety. Hunter education also stresses the importance of individual responsibility and outdoor ethics.

Iowa law requires that anyone born after January 1, 1972 must be certified in hunter education before they are eligible to purchase an Iowa hunting license. The minimum number of hours to complete the class is 10. Typically there is no charge for the course, unless lunch is furnished or room rental is required. Iowa recognizes hunter education certificates issued by another state and some foreign nations.

A person who is 11 years old or older may enroll in a course, but those who are 11 and successfully complete the course shall be issued a certificate which becomes valid on that person's 12th birthday. Iowa residents under the age of 12 can be issued a deer or turkey license; however, a licensed adult hunter must accompany each youth hunter. If the certificate is lost, a replacement certificate may be obtained from any ELSI vendor during regular business hours for $4.50.

Classes are typically held from March 1 - November 15 each year. Our courses are taught by volunteer instructors who are hunters so there are very few classes that take place after November 15. 

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2021 Hunting Incidents
Personal Injuries 1                      
Property Damage 0                    
Fatalities 0

Total Incidents 1                             

Last Updated: 1/4/2021


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Need a duplicate certificate?

To purchase a duplicate Hunter Education Certificate Online visit:  ilostmycard.com.  Be sure to select "Iowa" and the "Hunting" to begin your search.  You will then simply enter your name and date of birth to search for your record.  If a record is found, you will verify that it is you and then be able to purchase a duplicate certificate.  If your record is not found, contact:

DNR Customer Service
515-725-8200
Mon-Fri, 8:00AM - 4:30PM

Don't have internet access?
You can also visit any one of our ELSI vendors (anywhere that sells hunting or fishing licenses) in Iowa and purchase a duplicate Hunter Education Certificate if you have provided your certificate for a prior purchase.    



Logan's Law

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Logan’s Law, named after Logan Luft, was enacted in 2019 and allows hunting, fishing and trapping license buyers to declare as an organ, eye and tissue donor, when purchasing hunting and fishing licenses, very similar to declaring when purchasing or renewing a driver’s license.

By registering as an organ donor you authorize your organs, eyes, and tissues to be donated at the time of your death. Organs, eyes and tissues will be recovered for the purpose of transplantation; however, in the event a donated organ, eye or tissue cannot be used for transplant, an effort will be made to use the donation for research.

For more information visit the Iowa Donor Registry FAQ online.


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