About Hunting in Iowa

With great lakes accessible throughout the state, this state offers natural
beauty unlike any other, from landscapes to activities this is the place to go for an excursion to remember! In all Iowa’s County Parks offer over 215,000 acres featuring close to 2000 miles of trails and a lot of programs and events Including some unique lodging as well.
For stunning views of valleys, lakes you can climb up high or you can try the most authentic riverboat experiences that the Mississippi River offers. You can breathe in fresh air or if you want also try the trial capitol of Iowa as well. There is truly beauty everywhere you look.

Iowa Hunting Seasons Offered

Big Game: Deer, Wild Turkey

Small Game: Coyote, Groundhog, Rabbit, Squirrel, Coyote

Bird: Pheasant, Quail, Partridge, Grouse, Crow

Iowa Deer Hunting Season 2021 – 2022

SeasonsDates
Youth SeasonSept 18 – Oct 3
Disabled Hunter Season (Requires permit)Sept 18 – Oct 3
Archery Season, Early SplitOct 1 – Dec 3
Archery Season, Late SplitDec 20 – Jan 10, 2022
Early Muzzleloader (residents only)Oct 16 – 24
Late MuzzleloaderDec 20 – Jan 10, 2022
Shotgun, Season 1Dec 4 – 8
Shotgun, Season 2Dec 11 – 19

Licenses are available from the sales date of Aug 15 through the end of the season, or until quota fills. Please see image below for quota information according to county.

2021 Fall Wild Turkey Hunting

License TypeDatesDetails
Gun/BowOct 11 – Dec 3Sold until quotas are filled.
Archery OnlyOct 1 – Dec 3
Dec 20 – Jan 10 2022
Sold until last day of the season.
No quota.
Bag Limit: Daily Bag & Season Possession Limit is one wild turkey of either sex for each valid license
and transportation tag issued to the hunter.
Fall Turkey ZonesQuota
41,500
5650
61,400
7250
8200
9200
Bag Limit: Daily Bag & Season Possession Limit is one wild turkey of either sex for each valid license
and transportation tag issued to the hunter.

2022 Spring Turkey Hunting

LicenseSeasonDates
Combo Gun/Bow LicensesYouth Season (Residents Only)Apr 8-10
Season 1Apr 11-14
Season 2Apr 15-19
Season 3Apr 20-26
Season 4Apr 27-May 15
Resident Archery Only LicenseApr 11-May 15
  • BAG LIMIT: Daily bag and season possession limit is one bearded or male wild turkey for each valid license and transportation tag issued to the hunter.
  • SHOOTING HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset.
  • See p. 47 of PDF for Spring Turkey regulations.

Iowa Hunting License Info

Applications for general deer/ Antlerless only license will be accepted May 1- June 6 All Deer licenses required to hunt in the state go on sale August 15th till the end of the season. Non resident holiday season goes on sale Dec 15 till the end of the season.

Purchase a licence at : https://tpwd.texas.gov/business/licenses/online_sales/

First General LicenseSecond General Deer License
Shotgun Season OneBow Season
Shotgun Season TwoBow Season
BowShotgun season One
Early MuzzleloaderEarly Muzzleloader
Late Muzzleloader

Iowa Hunting News

This is the perfect state to enjoy as many hunts as possible with the wider range of options there’s not much you won’t be able to do while getting to enjoy the great outdoors. We hope to see you soon and ready to get our guns out, suns out!

Hunting Guides in Iowa

Iowa Hunting Guides

Deer Hunting Guides

Links to Official Sites

Iowa State Regulation Site
Iowa License