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Iowa

Hunting

Deer Hunting Seasons

2021 SeasonsSeason DatesLicense On-Sale Dates
Youth SeasonSept 18 - Oct 3Aug 15 - End of Season
Disabled Hunter Season (Requires permit)Sept 18 - Oct 3Aug 15 - End of Season
Archery Season, Early SplitOct 1 - Dec 3Aug 15 - End of Season
Archery Season, Late SplitDec 20 - Jan 10, 2022Aug 15 - End of Season
Early Muzzleloader (residents only)Oct 16 - 24Aug 15 - End of Season (until quota is reached)
Late MuzzleloaderDec 20 - Jan 10, 2022Aug 15 - End of Season
Shotgun, Season 1Dec 4 - 8Aug 15 - End of Season
Shotgun, Season 2Dec 11 - 19Aug 15 - End of Season
Nonresident Holiday SeasonDec 24 - Jan 2, 2022Aug 15 - End of Season (until quota is reached)

Shooting hours for all deer seasons are half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset.

Find out more regarding Deer Disease Monitoring and the CWD Reporting System.

Nonresidents: The nonresident deer application period is the first Saturday in May through the first Sunday in June. The application is available in December.