Iowa Deer and Turkey Licenses Available

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Iowa residents began buying their deer and turkey licenses for this fall hunting season on Aug. 15. Although most licenses are available through the end of the hunting season some will sell out quickly. In some counties with limited numbers of antlerless deer licenses, the quota will be sold out by the end of the first day. Other counties with low antlerless license quotas will likely sell out in a week or two.

One change for this fall is that hunters can only obtain one paid antlerless license before Sept. 15. Beginning on Sept. 15, hunters may purchase additional antlerless licenses in counties where the quota remains. The reason for this change was to allow more hunters an opportunity to obtain one of the antlerless licenses in those counties with low antlerless quotas. There are 22 counties where deer numbers are low enough that no additional antlerless licenses are needed and another 35 counties where 250 or fewer antlerless licenses are available. These counties are mainly in the north western and north central part of the state where deer numbers are at the department's goal.

Fall turkey licenses in north central Iowa and statewide early season muzzleloader licenses will also sell out before the seasons open. Last fall a few hunters who waited until the end of September to obtain these licenses were disappointed to find that the quota had filled a little earlier than in the past. So hunters wanting to hunt in these seasons should not wait until the day before the season opens and expect to buy a licenses.

Hunters will notice a few changes when they buy their license for this fall. One is that the deer and turkey tags have been redesigned. This year's tag now has two parts. The larger bottom part is the same transportation tag as has been issued in the past. This part must be attached to the animal before the animal is moved. The smaller top portion of the tag has the information needed to register the animal. The hunter can keep this portion of the tag until they register their harvest. The confirmation number can then be printed on this and then attached to the carcass. Hunters have until midnight of the following day to report any deer or turkey harvested. They can call the toll free number (1-800-771-4692) or use the DNR website to report their kill.