Iowa Adult Hunter Education Course


Hunter Orange Required

To hunt upland game birds which includes pheasant, quail, gray partridge and ruffed grouse, you must wear at least one of the following articles of visible, external apparel with at least 50% of its surface area solid blaze orange in color: hat, cap, vest, coat, jacket, sweatshirt, shirt, or coveralls.

To hunt deer with a firearm in any season you must wear one of the following articles of external, visible, solid blaze orange clothing: vest, jacket, coat, sweatshirt, sweater, shirt or coveralls. An orange hat alone is not sufficient. No person shall use a blind for hunting deer during the regular shotgun deer seasons unless such blinds exhibits a solid blaze orange marking with a minimum of 144 square inches visible in all directions.

Transporting Pheasants

A foot, fully feathered wing, or fully feathered head must remain attached to any pheasant transported within the state. The bird may be field dressed, but the carcass must remain intact.


You may not use bait to hunt deer or turkeys. Bait means any grain, fruit, vegetables, nuts, hay, salt, mineral blocks, or any other natural food materials, commercial products containing natural food materials, or by-products of such materials transported to or placed in an area for the purpose of attracting wildlife. Bait does not include food placed during normal agricultural activities.

Use of CB, Mobile Transmitter or Phone

You cannot use a two-way mobile radio transmitter, which includes cell phones, to communicate the location or direction of game or furbearing animals, or to coordinate the movement of other hunters. Exceptions: Coyote hunters may use two-way transmitters, except during the two regular shotgun deer seasons. A falconer may use a one-way mobile transmitter to recover a free-flying bird of prey that is properly banded and covered on a falconry permit. Hunters with dogs may use a one-way mobile transmitter to track or aid in the recovery of the dog.