Iowa Hunting News

Iowa's Remaining Hunting Seasons Starting to Close

Iowa’s pheasant, late muzzleloader and archery deer, and fall turkey seasons close on Jan. 10.  The January antlerless deer season is Jan. 11 to 29. Furbearer seasons, squirrel, quail, partridge and grouse remain open until Jan. 31.

Rabbit season is open until Feb. 28. Crow season is Jan. 14 to March 31. Pigeon season closes on March 31. Beaver trapping season closes on April 15.

Iowa's Final Deer Season Begins Jan. 11

The January antlerless deer season begins Jan. 11, for 42 counties, mainly in southern Iowa, and is the final deer season of the year. Even though there may be licenses left for a county not all areas in these counties need to have extra does taken. Hunters are encouraged to work with landowners to determine desired local deer population level and adjust their doe harvest accordingly.

Hunter Injured Wednesday While Hunting Deer in Jones County Iowa

An Olin man received a gunshot wound to his leg while preparing to deer hunt with his father Wednesday afternoon east of Olin.

Larry McCormick, 72, also of Olin, was in the process of loading his .44 caliber black powder pistol when the gun discharged hitting his son, Rodney McCormick, 47, in the leg below the knee as he was exiting the vehicle. The incident occurred shortly after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Rodney McCormick was air lifted to St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids where he was being treated for what was believed to be a non-life threatening injury.

Mountain Lion Shot Early Friday Morning in Monona County, Iowa

An adult male mountain lion was shot and killed early Friday morning by local law enforcement officers in the Monona County city of Blencoe.

The Blencoe police chief and a Monona County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a citizen’s call regarding the mountain lion around midnight on Friday. After finding the lion in a tree in the northwest part of town, the officers shot the lion.

Iowa Late Muzzleloader Deer Season Preview

No sooner do Iowa’s shotgun season deer hunters hang up their gear, the late muzzleloader hunters head into the woods.

About 32,000 late season muzzleloader hunters don’t have to compete with the crowds of shotgun season, but they do face the prospect of colder weather and more snow during their December 19-January 10 season.

Iowa January Antlerless Deer Licenses on Sale Soon

Licenses for the January antlerless deer season may be purchased beginning Dec. 15 for select counties. The season is open to all hunters regardless of any other deer licenses they have obtained.

Fishing Regulations Relaxed at Virgin Lake, Iowa Ahead of Renovation

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is relaxing the fishing regulations at Virgin Lake, in Palo Alto County, to allow anglers to harvest fish before the lake is drained as part of a renovation project.
Until further notice, anglers with a valid fishing license may take fish by any means except dynamite, poison, electroshocking devices, or any stupefying substances. In addition, daily bag and minimum length restrictions are lifted. Taking fish for commercial purposes is not allowed. 

Iowa's First Shotgun Deer Season Begins Saturday

The Iowa DNR expects that nearly 90,000 hunters will be heading to the woods and fields during Saturday’s opening day for first shotgun season. Iowa’s shotgun deer seasons are the most popular among hunters and account for more than half of all deer harvested. Although hunters will still have good hunting opportunities they can expect to find fewer deer across much of the state. They may need to hunt a little longer this year to be successful.

Iowa Bobcat Season Closed Monday

The bobcat quota has filled and the season is closed as of 11 a.m., Nov. 28. There is a grace period for trappers to report any animals to a conservation officer and receive their proper tags.  The grace period officially ends at midnight Nov. 29. 

November Season Previews Deer Prospects in Iowa

Hunters stepping into the field this weekend will provide a preview of deer hunting prospects during Iowa’s December shotgun seasons. The November season — the Friday, Saturday and Sunday following Thanksgiving and only on private property — is to reduce the number of antlerless deer, helping the state reduce herd numbers to mid to late 1990s levels.