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 763,810 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 10/19/2022

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 32,000 acres across 56 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 410,000 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.

List of Iowa Private Shooting Preserves