SEASON SEASON DATES LICENSE ON-SALE DATES
Youth Season (5) Sept 16 - Oct 1, 2023 Aug. 15 - End of Season
Disabled Hunter (1) Sept 16 - Oct 1, 2023 Aug. 15 - End of Season
Archery, Early Split (6) Oct 1 - Dec 1, 2023 Aug. 15 - End of Season
Archery, Late Split (6) Dec. 18, 2023 - Jan. 10, 2024 Aug. 15 - End of Season
Early Muzzleloader (2,5) Oct 14 - 22, 2023 Aug. 15 - End of Season
Late Muzzleloader Dec. 18, 2023 - Jan. 10, 2024 Aug. 15 - End of Season
Shotgun, Season 1 Dec 2 - 6, 2023 Aug. 15 - End of Season
Shotgun, Season 2 Dec 9 - 17, 2023 Aug. 15 - End of Season
Nonresident Holiday (3,4) Dec. 24, 2023 - Jan. 2, 2024 Aug. 15 - End of Season
Population Mgmt January Antlerless (7) Jan. 11-21, 2024 Aug. 15 - End of Season
Excess Tag January Antlerless (7) Jan. 11-21, 2024 Jan. 11 - End of Season

Shooting hours for all deer seasons are 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.

Hunters are required to report deer and turkey harvest either at iowadnr.gov or by calling the number printed on the harvest reporting tag.

  • (1) Requires permit to acquire from DNR.
  • (2) Purchase until quota (7,500) is reached.
  • (3) Purchase until nonresident antlerless quota is reached.
  • (4) Nonresident deer zone maps are available online at www.iowadnr.gov/nonresidenthunting.
  • (5) Residents only
  • (6) Includes senior antlerless-only licenses.
  • (7) In participating counties only, if antlerless licenses remain.

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