Iowa Hunting Laws and Regulations
Always consult with State and local laws for a full list of annual hunting regulations before the hunting season begins. Remember, many regulations will change from year to year. The following are considerations all hunters must keep in mind while hunting in Iowa.
Bag limits and possession limits change from year to year. A bag limit is the number of game animals that may be harvested by a hunter during a given day or hunting season. A possession limit is the number of harvested game animals a hunter may have in their possession at any given time. Be sure you know what these limits are before heading on a hunt.
Always identify your target before taking a shot. Certain species, such as hawks and owls, are protected under Iowa Law and may never be harvested. In particular, the red-tailed hawk may not be harvested at any time of the year. Any game law violations must be reported to the authorities as soon as possible.
Hunter Education Regulations
Hunters in Iowa who were born after January 1st, 1972 must have a hunter education certificate before they can purchase any Iowa hunting license. All hunters under the age of 12, and un-licensed hunters between 12 and 15 must be accompanied by a licensed adult, and be under the direct supervision of that adult while hunting. Any hunter who is 16 or older must have a valid Iowa hunting license to hunt.
A hunter must always have their hunting license on-hand while hunting. This hunting license must be presented immediately to any peace officer who requests to see it. Furthermore, in hunting on privately-owned land, the hunting license must also be presented to the landowner upon request.