Planning on hunting in Iowa during the upcoming season? Make sure you are familiar with the regulations and licensing requirements!

In this blog post, we will outline everything you need to know in order to enjoy a safe and successful hunt. We'll cover seasons, licenses, permits, and more. So whether you're a seasoned pro or a first-time hunter, read on for all the information you need to know!

Hunting In Iowa

When it comes to hunting, Iowa may not be the first destination that comes to mind. However, the state is home to some of the best hunting in the Midwest. There are a variety of game species that can be found here, including deer, turkey, quail, pheasant, and more. The state also offers a variety of hunting opportunities, from public land hunts to guided hunts on private property. Whether you’re a seasoned hunter or just getting started, Iowa has something to offer.

So why is Iowa home to some of the best hunting in the Midwest? There are a few factors that contribute to this. First, the state has a healthy population of game animals. This is due in part to the state’s diverse habitat, which includes everything from woodlands to prairies. This variety provides a good environment for a variety of game species to thrive.

In addition, Iowa has a long hunting tradition. Hunting has been a part of the state’s culture for centuries, and it continues to be popular today. This means that there is a wealth of experience and knowledge among the state’s hunters. As a result, you can find plenty of resources to help you plan and execute a successful hunt in Iowa.

Finally, the state offers a variety of hunting opportunities. Whether you’re interested in public land hunts or private property hunts, you can find what you’re looking for in Iowa. The state also offers a number of hunting lodges and camps, which provide a great way to experience the state’s hunting culture.

If you’re looking for a great place to hunt, Iowa is definitely worth considering. With its healthy game populations, diverse habitat, and wealth of hunting opportunities, the state has something to offer everyone. So whether you’re a seasoned hunter or just getting started, make sure to give Iowa a look.

Iowa Deer Seasons

Youth Season Sept. 18-Oct. 3
Disabled Hunter Season Sept. 18-Oct. 3
Archery Oct. 1-Dec. 3 and Dec. 20-Jan. 10
Early Muzzleloader Oct. 16-24
Late Muzzleloader Dec. 20-Jan. 10
Regular Gun Season 1 Dec. 4-8
Regular Gun Season 2 Dec. 11-19
Nonresident Holiday Antlerless Only Dec. 24-Jan. 2

Deer hunters are required to purchase permits for each deer collected.

Iowa Turkey Seasons

Fall Gun/Bow Oct. 11-Dec. 3
Fall Archery Oct. 1-Dec. 3 and Dec. 20-Jan. 10

Iowa Small Game Seasons

Youth Rooster Pheasant Oct. 23-24
Rooster Pheasant Oct. 30-Jan. 10
Bobwhite Quail Oct. 30-Jan. 31
Ruffed Grouse Oct. 2-Jan. 31
Cottontail Rabbit Sept. 4-Feb. 28
Fox/Gray Squirrel Sept. 4-Jan. 31
Crow Oct. 15-Nov. 30 and Jan. 14-March 31
Pigeon Open season
Groundhog Open season

How To Get A Hunting License In Iowa

Depending on your age, you may be required to have the Hunter Education Certificate in order to legally buy a license or permit to hunt.

  1. Complete the Iowa hunter education certification requirements.
  2. Choose the correct license type.
  3. Buy the license through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website or an Iowa–approved retailer.

Iowa License Expiration

Hunting licenses go on sale on Jan. 1 and expire on Jan. 10 of the next year.

Where to Buy an Iowa Hunting License

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Iowa hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website.

Other Midwest States Hunting Seasons

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