Iowa Bow hunting Season,Regulations and license fees

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Iowa Bow hunting Season,Regulations and license fees

It won’t be fair to talk about the state of Iowa and forget about its impressively large-sized white-tailed deer. The abundant food and moderate winter weather are the conditions that are quite suitable for them.

The state has gorgeous rolling hills and lush grasslands; while the crops cover 60 percent area of the state. Some of Iowa’s most famous game species include pheasants, quail, cottontail rabbits, and squirrels. 

The state offers plenty of turkey populations and hunting seasons for turkey are held in both spring and fall.

Iowa Bowhunting Season

Bowhunting Category Months
Deer (Youth Season) Sept. 18-Oct. 3
Deer (Disabled Hunter Season) Sept. 18-Oct. 3
Deer (Archery) Oct. 1-Dec. 3 and Dec. 20-Jan. 10
Turkey (Fall Archery) Oct. 1-Dec. 3 and Dec. 20-Jan. 10

License Fee In Iowa

Category License Type Fee
Hunting 16 years old and older Resident $22
General Deer Resident $33
Anterless-only Resident $28.50
Paid Wild Turkey Resident $28.50
Hunting 16 – 18 years old Nonresident $32
Hunting 18 years & older Nonresident $131

Total Area And Regulations For Hunting By the State

Iowa is relatively smaller in size than the other states having only 300,000 acres of public hunting lands in it for hunters. The state allows the use of longbows, recurve bows, and compound bows shooting broadhead arrows. However, hunters should not attach any explosive or chemical devices to their arrow or broadhead. Hunters don’t have to bother about the minimum draw weights for bows or minimum diameter for broadheads. Though, the arrows used must be at least 18 inches long. Al, so draw locks are also legal on compound bows.

Fun Facts About Bow Hunting In the State

Deer are red-green colorblind because they are less sensitive to long-wavelength colors such as red and orange. Although they can pick out short (blue) and middle (green) wavelength colors. 

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