The 2019-20 Iowa Hunting, Trapping & Migratory Game Bird Regulations guide is a valuable tool for every Iowa hunter

OSKALOOSA—Hunting season is in full swing statewide, and Iowa has several game animals to offer hunters. Iowa hunting seasons include deer, turkey, pheasant and a listing of small game.

Hunters can purchase licenses and permits in several ways: through a license agent, over the phone or online. Licenses and permits are available for both Iowa residents and nonresidents, and vary in price.

Hunters can also utilize the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website to report harvested game, specifically deer and turkey.

All hunters hunting licensed hunting preserves must obtain an Iowa small game hunting license and habitat fee, or obtain the hunting preserve hunting license valid only on licensed preserves, and the habitat fee.

Resident Iowa youth under the age of 16 are not required to have a license, but must be accompanied by a licensed adult 18 years of age or older. Non-resident youth under the age of 16 are required to possess a non-resident youth preserve license and habitat fee. The non-resident youth under 16 years of age are not required to have completed a hunter safety/education course.

All preserve game birds and game animals harvested on the licensed preserve must be properly tagged with transportation/kill tags as required by law. Hunting preserve operators are responsible for tagging the harvested game bird or animal before it is transported from the licensed preserve.

Any resident or nonresident born after January 1, 1972, must have completed an approved hunter education program in Iowa or another state to buy a hunting license. If your hunter education certification is not on your customer record, you will have to either show proof of hunter education when purchasing your license at a local vendor to complete the order.

The DNR has installed a new license sales system and mobile application that allows hunters to manage their licenses on their mobile phone.

The Go Outdoors Iowa app, free from the App Store or Google Play Store, allows users to purchase and access their hunting and fishing licenses, view hunting regulations, report harvests and more via mobile devices. The new licensing system is also accessible by visiting www.iowadnr.gov/GoOutdoorsIowa

The best resource for hunting in Iowa, according to Mahaska County DNR Conservation Officer John Steinbach, is the 2019-20 Iowa Hunting, Trapping & Migratory Game Bird Regulations manual.

The printed version of the 2019-20 Iowa Hunting, Trapping and Migratory Game Bird Regulations manual omitted the language from a new state law that allows hunters with a nonambulatory deer license to hunt during any open season until the license is filled, using the method of take allowed for that season. The error was discovered too late for the print edition. It has been corrected in the online copy (page 40).

Iowa offers several beneficial programs for hunters. The Habitat and Access program (IHAP) encourages property owners to open their land to the public. Hunters can access these lands between September 1 and May 31.

The state Hunting Atlas allows hunters to begin planning their next outdoor excursion. That interactive map shows more than 600,000 acres of public hunting areas and provides information about animal habitats and hunting zones. Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) include more than 360,000 acres open to the public for hunting and trapping.

City officials want to remind residents that The Oskaloosa Urban Deer Hunt is in full swing. Bow hunters and trail users need to stay alert and keep an eye out for one another. The Urban Deer Hunt will continue until January 20th, 2020.

Hunters, please remember that per the rules, all shots must be taken from an elevated position, and away from maintained roads, trails, and structures.

The Oskaloosa City Council’s passage of Ordinance No. 1280, amending City Code 9.28.010, will permit controlled deer hunting in the City of Oskaloosa during specified hunting seasons allowed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources ({abbr}IDNR{/abbr}). Bow hunting only will be permitted on areas of at least one acre.

The hunter must have passed a proficiency test and be issued an {abbr}IDNR{/abbr} Oskaloosa Deer Tag from the Mahaska County Recorder’s Office. Only bow and arrow and crossbow and bolt are permitted, and must meet the {abbr}IDNR{/abbr} regulations on draw weight.

Hunting must be made from an elevated position not more than 25 yards from the hunter’s location. Firearms are prohibited, and only deer may be hunted.

Hunters must complete all necessary agreements with the landowner, and purchase all necessary State of Iowa hunting licenses and permits.

Hunting seasons are scheduled as follows:

Youth Season: Sep 21-Oct. 6

Disabled Hunter Season: Sept. 21-Oct. 6

Archery: Oct. 1-Dec. 6 and Dec. 23-Jan. 10

Early Muzzleloader: Oct. 12-20

Late Muzzleloader: Dec. 23-Jan. 10

Regular Gun Season 1: Dec. 7-11

Regular Gun Season 2: Dec. 14-22

Non-Resident Holiday Season: Dec. 24-Jan. 2

January Antlerless: Jan. 11-26


Fall Gun/Bow: Oct. 14-Dec. 6

Fall Archery: Oct. 1-Dec. 6 and Dec. 23-Jan. 10

Small Game

Youth Rooster Pheasant: Oct. 19-20

Rooster Pheasant: Oct. 26-Jan. 10

Bobwhite Quail: Oct. 26-Jan. 10

Ruffed Grouse: Oct. 5-Jan. 31

Cottontail Rabbit: Aug. 31-Feb. 28

Fox/Gray Squirrel: Aug. 31-Jan. 31

Crow: Oct. 15-Nov. 30 and Jan. 14-March 31

Pigeon: Open Season

Groundhog: Open Season

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Iowa hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website. Deer hunters are required to purchase permits for each deer collected.

For more information visit www.iowadnr.gov or contact the Oskaloosa Police Department.

Herald sports writer Richard Rindt can be reached at sports@oskyherald.com or follow him on Twitter @osky_sports

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