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					 Pheasant                       Deer                              Coyote

Iowa

                  Hunting, Fishing
                  and Trapping
                  Regulations
 stream fishing                   ice fishing                     lake fishing




                  Iowa Department of Natural Resources
                  Wallace State Office Building                       Free Fishing Weekend
                  502 E. 9th St.                                           June 6, 7, 8, 2003
                  Des Moines, IA 50319-0034
                  515-281-5918
                                                     Fishing effective through Dec. 31, 2003
 www.state.ia.us/dnr                                 Hunting effective through June 30, 2003
                                                               TABLE OF CONTENTS
                                                    Iowa Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Regulations

DNR Regional Offices and Biologists Offices ............. 3-4                            Falconry ........................................................................... 20
Fisheries Bureau Offices ..................................................4             Protected Nongame ......................................................... 20
License and Fee Requirements ................................ 5-8                        Regulated Harvest and Sale of American Ginseng ........... 21
Hunter Education ..............................................................7         Taxidermy ........................................................................ 21
Definitions .........................................................................8   Dog Restrictions .............................................................. 21
General Hunting Information .................................9-12                        Fishing Regulations ............................................... 23-42
Nontoxic Shot Areas ....................................................... 11           Conservation Officers ............................................... 26-27
Liquidated Damages ....................................................... 12            Law Enforcement/Violation Information ........................ 28
Multiple Offender .............................................................. 12      Fish Iowa! on the Web ................................................... 28
Migratory Game Bird Regulations ............................... 13-14                    Official Big Fish Registry ............................................... 29
Federal Regulations -- Summary ...................................... 13                 Iowa All-Time Record Fish ............................................ 30
North-South Waterfowl Zones Maps/Description ............. 13                            Weight Estimation Formula ............................................. 31
Harvest Information Program ........................................... 14               Free Fishing Information ................................................. 31
Wildlife Refuges ............................................................... 14      Length Limits ............................................................ 32-33
Canada Goose Closed Areas ........................................... 15                 Places to Fish in Iowa ............................................... 34-35
Steel Shot Table for Waterfowl ......................................... 16              Fish Identification Tips .............................................. 36-37
Sunrise-Sunset Map and Schedule .................................... 17                  Boundary Water Regulations .......................................... 38
State Waterfowl Regulations ..............................................*              Boating Regulations and Tips .......................................... 39
Trapping/Hunting Furbearers ....................................... 18-19                Waterway Invaders to Watch Out For ........................... 40
Miscellaneous Regulations .......................................... 20-21               REAP License Plate Availability .................................... 40
Motor Vehicle Restrictions ............................................... 20            Sport Fish Restoration Projects ...................................... 41
*See Iowa Upland Game, Trapping and Waterfowl Guide                                      Iowa Fisheries Program .................................................. 42

             Deer, Turkey and Youth                                                                                 Iowa Department of Natural Resources
         Hunting Seasons and Regulations                                                                            Wallace State Office Building
   See 2002 Iowa Deer and Fall Turkey Hunting                                                                       502 E. 9th St.
                                                                                                                    Des Moines, IA 50319-0034
Regulations booklet for seasons, bag limits and other
                                                                                                                    www.state.ia.us/dnr
            information. On the web, go to
www.state.ia.us/dnr/organiza/fwb/wildlife/pages/hunting                                   EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
                                                                                          Equal opportunity to participate in, and benefit from, the
                                                                                          programs and activities of the Iowa Department of Natural
    NOTICE:                                                                               Resources is available to all individuals regardless of race,
    This booklet is not a complete set of hunting                                         color, national origin, disability or age. If you believe you have
    laws. It contains basic information needed                                            been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility
    during the hunting, fishing and trapping                                              as described above, or if you desire further information,
    seasons. For specific questions not covered                                           please write to: Director, Iowa Department of Natural
    in this booklet, contact your local conserva-                                         Resources, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th St.,
    tion officer or the DNR Central Office at (515)                                       Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0034.
    281-5918. Any changes to fish and game laws
    will be reflected in supplemental publications.                                       This information is available in alternative formats upon
                                                                                          request by contacting the DNR at (515) 281-5918 (TDD
                                                                                          number 515/242-5967) or by writing the DNR at 502 E. 9th
                                                                                          St., Des Moines, IA 50319-0034.

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                                            PHONE NUMBERS
    Wildlife Management Biologists’                               REGIONAL OFFICES
             Phone Numbers                                 (DNR Fish, Game and Law Enforcement)
1. Bays Branch Wildlife Unit             641/747-3378
2. Big Marsh Wildlife Unit               641/456-3730                 HEADQUARTERS
3. Big Sioux Wildlife Unit               712/472-3751   Wallace State Office Bldg., 502 E. 9th St., Des
4. Black Hawk Wildlife Unit              712/657-2639   Moines, IA 50319-0034; 515/281-5145
                                         712/273-5569
5. Coralville Wildlife Unit              319/354-8343                    NORTHWEST
6. Ingham Wildlife Unit                  712/362-2091   Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery, 122 252nd Ave., Spirit
7. Maquoketa Wildlife Unit               563/652-3132   Lake, IA 51360; 712/336-1840
8. Missouri River Wildlife Unit          712/423-2426                  NORTH-CENTRAL
9. Mount Ayr Wildlife Unit               641/464-2220   Fish and Wildlife Station, 1203 North Shore
10. Odessa Wildlife Unit                 319/523-8319   Drive, Clear Lake, IA 50428; 641/357-3517
11. Otter Creek Wildlife Unit            515/752-5521                     NORTHEAST
12. Rathbun Wildlife Unit                641/774-4918   Manchester Fish Hatchery, 22693 205th Avenue,
13. Red Rock Wildlife Unit               515/961-0716   Manchester, IA 52057; 563/927-3276
14. Rice Lake Wildlife Unit              641/324-2431                    SOUTHWEST
15. Riverton Wildlife Unit               712/374-3133   Cold Springs State Park, 57744 Lewis Rd., Lewis,
16. Ruthven Wildlife Unit                712/262-4177   IA 51544; 712/769-2587
17. Saylorville Wildlife Unit            515/432-2235                  SOUTH-CENTRAL
18. Sweet Marsh Wildlife Unit            319/334-9191   Wallace State Office Bldg., 502 E. 9th St.,
19. Upper Iowa Wildlife Unit             563/382-4895   Des Moines, IA 50319-0034; 515/281-8174
20. Wapello Wildlife Unit                515/682-3552                     SOUTHEAST
                                                        Lake Darling State Park, 110 Lake Darling Road,
                                                        Brighton, IA 52540; 319/694-2430.




                                                        Poaching
For more information on the following species,
                                                        Is A Crime!
contact:                                                      If you observe or know
Waterfowl and Furbearers                                 of a fish or wildlife viola-
Fish and Wildlife Station, 1203 N. Shore Drive, Clear    tion, report it to TIP as soon as possible by
Lake, IA 50428 - 641/357-3517                            calling 1-800-532-2020. Provide as much informa-
Nongame Wildlife, Pheasants, Quail and Rabbits           tion as possible when you call, such as a de-
Wildlife Research Station, 1436 255th Street, Boone,     scription of the possible violator, the vehicle and
IA 50036 - 515/432-2823                                  the time and location of the violation.
Deer, Wild Turkey and Ruffed Grouse                           A conservation officer will be dispatched to
Fish and Wildlife Station, Red Haw State Park,           investigate. Since the TIP program began in 1985,
Chariton, IA 50049 - 641/774-2958                        more than $100,000 has been approved in reward
                                                         payments.
For questions concerning wildlife depredation,
contact:                                                          Turn In Poachers
Jim Jansen, 319 1/2 South Lemon St., Tipton, IA
52772, 563/330-5578; or
                                                                   1-800-532-2020
Bill Bunger, Box 119AA Suite 5, Chariton, IA              You can remain anonymous!
50049-9209, 641/344-4021.

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                                              PHONE NUMBERS
    Fisheries Biologists’ Phone Numbers
                                                              HOW TO CONTACT
Mt. Ayr Fish Hatchery                                         A CONSERVATION OFFICER
Box 82; Mt. Ayr, IA 50854; 641/464-3108
                                                              Local conservation officers can be reached at
Mississippi Monitoring Station                                their numbers listed on the center insert.
206 Rose St.; Bellevue, IA 52031; 563/872-5495                They can also be reached through the six
                                                              public safety communication centers listed
Boone Research Station                                        below.
1436 255th St.; Boone, IA 50036; 515/432-2823
                                                              Atlantic       712/243-3854
                                                              Cedar Falls    319/277-4761      Communication
Chariton Research Station
                                                              Cedar Rapids   319/396-4414      Centers
Rte. 1 Box 209; Chariton, IA 50049; 641/774-2958
                                                              Des Moines     515/281-3561      (Department of
Big Springs Hatchery                                          Fairfield      641/472-5001      Public Safety)
16212 Big Spring Road; Elkader, IA 52043; 563/245-2446        Storm Lake     712/732-1341

Rathbun Fish Hatchery
R.R. 2, Box 400; Moravia, IA 52571; 641/647-2406
                                                                     Environmental Protection
Black Hawk Station                                            Dead fish can be a sign of a natural fish kill — or a
Box 619; Lake View, IA 51450; 712/657-2639
                                                              water quality problem. If you see fish floating or dead
Bellevue Fisheries Station                                    game laying in or near a stream, call the DNR Environ-
24143 Hwy. 52; Bellevue, IA 52031; 563/872-4976               mental Protection office in your area.

Fairport Fish Hatchery
3390 Hwy. 22; Muscatine, IA 52761; 563/263-5062

Guttenberg Fisheries Station
317 River Park Drive S., Box 250; Guttenberg, IA 52052;
563/252-1156

Clear Lake Station
1203 N. Shore Drive; Clear Lake, IA 50428; 641/357-3517

Lake Macbride Station                                            Field Office 1             Field Office 2
3475 Hwy. 382 NE; Solon, IA 52333; 319/624-3615                  909 West Main St.          2300 15th St. SW
                                                                 Suite 4                    P.O. Box 1443
Decorah Fish Station                                             Manchester 52057           Mason City 50401
2321 Siewers Spring Road; Decorah, IA 52101;                     563-927-2640               641-424-4073
563/382-8324
                                                                 Field Office 3             Field Office 4
                                                                 1900 N. Grand Ave.         1401 Sunnyside
Iowa’s waters produce recreation for 400,000 licensed            Spencer 51301              Atlantic 50022
anglers who make nearly 13 million fishing trips each year       712-262-4177               712-243-1934
and catch approximately 69 million fish. Iowa fisheries          Field Office 5             Field Office 6
biologists are located at the following stations and may be      401 SW 7th, Suite I        1004 West Madison
contacted for further information regarding fishing condi-       Des Moines 50309           Washington 52353
tions in your local area.                                        515-725-0268               319-653-2135


    Call 1-800-ASK-FISH (275-3474)
     for fishing information including
               the Iowa Fishing Report

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                                        2002-2003 LICENSE FEES
RESIDENTS
Fishing
Fishing, 7 – Day
                                                                 $11.00
                                                                   9.00
                                                                                    IMPORTANT
Fish Habitat Fee (ages 16 to 65)                                   3.50              All conservation privileges,
Trout Fee                                                         11.00              including fishing licenses, lifetime
Lifetime Fish (65 years or older)                                 51.00              licenses, fish habitat and trout
Boundary Water Sport Trotline                                     11.00              fees, are only being sold through
                                                                                     the Electronic Licensing System
Hunting                                                           17.50              for Iowa (ELSI) at more than
Habitat Fee (ages 16 to 65)                                        8.50              900 license sales agents state-
Migratory Game Bird Fee                                            8.50              wide. Before purchasing an
Furharvester License                                                                 electronic license for the first
(16 years or older)                                               21.00              time, Iowa sportsmen and
(Under 16 years)                                                   6.00              sportswomen need to be aware
Hunting Preserve                                                   6.00              of certain requirements.
Lifetime Hunting (65 years or older)                              51.00
Lifetime Combination Hunting and Fishing                                             n Under sections 252J.8 of the
(Disabled military veteran or P.O.W.)                             31.00                Iowa code and 42 U.S. Code
                                                                                       666 (a)(13), the DNR is
Special Licenses for Residents                                                         required to collect social
1) Annual Free Fishing or, Combined Hunting and Fishing licenses are available         security numbers from all
to residents of Iowa 65 years or older with low income, or residents permanently       licensees. The primary
disabled with low income.                                                              purposes for gathering this
2) Substance Abuse Facility Fishing License.                                           information are to verify
3) Disabled Veteran’s License – Available to Iowa residents that are a veteran         identity to determine appli-
as defined in Section 35.1, who was disabled, or who was a prisoner of war             cants’ eligibility for licenses
during their military service. Disabled means entitled to compensation under           and to provide information to
United Sates Code, title 38, chapter 11.                                               the Iowa Child Support
Applications for these special licenses and assistance may be obtained at              Collection Unit for the
DNR offices that sell hunting and fishing licenses, the DNR central office in          purpose of establishing,
Des Moines or by calling 515/281-5918.                                                 modifying and enforcing child
                                                                                       support obligations. Informa-
NONRESIDENTS
                                                                                       tion may also be provided to
Fishing (16 years and older)                                     $36.50
                                                                                       law enforcement agencies of
Fishing, 7 – Day                                                  27.50
                                                                                       Iowa. Providing a social
Fish Habitat Fee                                                   3.50
                                                                                       security number is mandatory
Trout Fee                                                         13.50
                                                                                       when purchasing a conserva-
Boundary Water Sport Trotline                                     21.00
                                                                                       tion license privilege.
Hunting (18 years and older)                                      80.50
Hunting (Under 18 years)                                          30.50              n Anyone currently under
Habitat Fee                                                        8.50                revocation or suspension for
Migratory Game Bird Fee                                            8.50                fish or wildlife violations will
Furharvester License                                             200.50                be denied purchase of a
Hunting Preserve                                                   6.00                license for the activity in
                                                                                       which they are revoked or
                                                                                       suspended.

Wildlife Violator Compact is an agreement between participating states that prohibits a person whose hunting
or fishing privileges are suspended in one state from participating in those activities in another state. Member states
include Iowa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada,
New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Other states may be in the process of joining
the compact.
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                                            LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
Requirements for Purchasing                  disqualifying.                            and nonresidents regardless of age
Resident Licenses                                  An Iowa resident hunting            who are required to have a hunting or
      Hunters and anglers must meet          license will be invalid if you:           furharvester license must pay the
at least one of the following criteria to          a) Obtain the license under false   Wildlife Habitat Fee to hunt or trap.
purchase a resident fishing, hunting or      pretenses. Providing false information    Residents who are permanently
trapping license in Iowa:                    on a deer or wild turkey hunting          disabled are exempt.
      1. Have an Iowa driver’s license       license or application invalidates that
or Iowa non-operator’s identification        license and transportation tag and all          Federal Migratory Waterfowl
card and have physically resided in          other deer or turkey licenses/tags        Stamp – Iowa residents and nonresi-
Iowa at least 30 consecutive days            obtained during the same year.            dents 16 years old and older must
immediately before applying for or                 b) Do anything that would forfeit   have a valid Federal Migratory
purchasing a resident license.               your eligibility for a resident license   Waterfowl Stamp (duck stamp) on
      2. Be registered to vote in Iowa.      after the license is obtained, such as    their person while hunting wild geese
In order to do so, you must meet all of      moving out of Iowa or purchasing a        and wild ducks. The stamp must be
the qualifications to register to vote as    resident hunting privilege in another     signed across the face by the hunter.
outlined in Iowa Code chapter 48A.5.         state or country.                         This stamp is required even if a
      3. Be a full-time student at an                                                  hunting license is not required.
educational institution located in Iowa      License, Fees and Stamps
and reside in Iowa while attending the       Required                                        Iowa Migratory Game Bird
educational institution.                           Iowa residents (and nonresi-        Fee – All residents and nonresidents
      4. Be a nonresident under 18           dents) 16 years and older are required    16 years old and older must pay the
years of age whose parent is a               to have a valid resident (or nonresi-     Iowa Migratory Game Bird Fee to
resident of Iowa.                            dent) fishing, hunting or furharvester    hunt wild geese, brant, wild ducks,
      5. Be a member of the armed            license on their person, and have paid    snipe, rail, woodcock or coot. This
forces of the United States serving on       all applicable fees, and possess all      fee must be paid even if a hunting
active duty (not necessarily in Iowa),       required stamps while fishing, hunting    license is not required.
claim residency in Iowa and have filed       and trapping. Exceptions are listed
an Iowa income tax return for the            under “Licenses Not Required”.                  Nonresident Falconry Permit
preceding tax year.                                                                    - All nonresident falconers, regardless
      Dual Residency Not Permit-                   Fish Habitat Fee – Iowa             of age, who intend to hunt with a bird
ted: Unless you qualify under 3, 4 or        residents who are 16 to 65 years old      of prey, must purchase and have in
5 above, you may not purchase Iowa           and nonresidents regardless of age        their possession a nonresident Fal-
resident hunting licenses if you have        who are required to have a fishing        conry permit. Licenses are only
done any of the following:                   license must pay the Fish Habitat Fee     available from the DNR. Call 515-
      - Have a currently valid resident      to fish. Residents and nonresidents       281-5918 for details.
hunting, fishing, trapping or other          fishing in privately owned farm ponds
recreational license issued in another       and lakes are exempt.                     Deer and Turkey Hunters:
state or country                                                                       Residents of Iowa (and nonresidents)
      - Have a currently valid driver’s            Trout Fee – Iowa residents and      who hunt deer or wild turkey must
license issued in another state or           nonresidents regardless of age must       have a valid resident (or nonresident)
country                                      pay the Trout Fee to possess trout.       deer or wild turkey hunting license in
      - Are legally registered to vote in    Exception: Iowa residents and             addition to a valid resident (or nonresi-
another state or country                     nonresidents under 16 years old may       dent) hunting license and have paid
      - Claim a homestead or other           possess trout without having paid the     the habitat fee.
state tax exemption in another state or      Trout Fee if they fish with a properly
country                                      licensed adult that has paid the Trout    The following persons do not
      - Are receiving public assistance      Fee and together they limit their catch   need a fishing license:
in another state or country                  to the daily limit for one person.             1) Residents and nonresidents
      This is not a complete list. Other                                               under 16 years old.
privileges claimed as a resident of                Wildlife Habitat Fee – Iowa              2) Minor pupils of the state
another state or country may also be         residents who are 16 to 65 years old      school for the deaf, or minor inmates

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                                            LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
of other state institutions under the                   2) Owners and tenants of land                 exempted under this provision must
Department of Human Services (not                 in Iowa may hunt, fish, or trap on                  still possess a valid Federal waterfowl
including inmates in state penal                  such lands and may shoot by lawful                  stamp and have paid the Iowa
institutions).                                    means ground squirrels, gophers or                  Migratory Game Bird Fee in order to
       3) Patients of substance abuse             woodchucks upon adjacent roads.                     hunt waterfowl and other migratory
facilities provided they are supervised           This applies to Iowa residents and                  game birds.
by an employee of the facility while              nonresidents. Exception: Resident                          3) Military personnel on active
fishing and that facility has been                (or nonresident) deer and wild turkey               duty with the armed forces of the
issued a permit from the DNR.                     hunting licenses are required to hunt               U.S., on authorized leave from a duty
Employees of the facility are not                 deer and wild turkey, except that a                 station outside of Iowa and qualifying
covered by the permit and must have               wild turkey hunting license is not                  as a resident of Iowa. They must
a fishing license.                                required to hunt wild turkey on a                   possess a Federal waterfowl stamp
                                                  licensed hunting preserve. Persons                  and have paid the Iowa Migratory
The follwing persons do not need
a hunting license:                                                     HUNTER EDUCATION
      1) Residents under 16 years old
hunting under the direct supervision                      Residents born after Jan. 1, 1972, and nonresidents born after Jan. 1,
of their properly licensed parent or                1967, must satisfactorily complete a hunter education course in order to
guardian. One properly licensed adult               obtain a hunting license. A person who is 11 years-old or older may enroll
must accompany each unlicensed                      in a course, but those who are 11 and successfully complete the course
hunter under 16 years old. Residents                shall be issued a certificate of completion which becomes valid on that
12 years old to 16 years old may hunt               person’s 12th birthday. Those under the age of 12 can be issued deer and
without adult supervision but must                  turkey licenses, but the youth hunter must be accompanied by a licensed
have a hunting license and must have                adult hunter.
passed a hunter safety course. See                        Call 515-281-5918 or to www.state.ia.us/dnr/organiza/fwb/
hunter education training require-                  enforcmt/course for class dates and locations.
ments in the box to the right.                            Alternative. A hunter education certificate issued by another state
                                                    or a foreign nation will meet the above requirement.

You need the resident or nonresident licenses and stamps listed below to hunt or trap in Iowa. All licenses, fees and
stamps must be carried on your person while hunting or trapping.
R = Resident NR = Nonresident           = License or fee required Blank = Not required NA = Not available
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         Iowa Migratory Bird Fee4                                           NA

1License not required for residents under 16 if accompanied by a licensed adult (18 years or older). See page 7. 2Lifetime license available to
residents who qualify. Call 515/281-8688 for more information. 3 License not required for resident and nonresident landowners or tenants or their
juvenile children when hunting or trapping on their own land. See page 7. 4Unless under 16 years old. 5 Required for hunting and trapping all
furbearers, except coyote and groundhog, which may be taken on a hunting license. 6Except residents under 16 or over 65. See wildlife habitat
fee section on page 6. 7 Needed to hunt rails, snipe and woodcock but not other small game.


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                           LICENSE REQUIREMENTS/DEFINITIONS
Game Bird Fee to hunt migratory                    “Physically disabled person,”              “Tenant,” for the purpose of
game birds. Military personnel must           (nonambulatory permit), when used          determining license requirements,
carry their leave papers on their             in the Motor Vehicle Restrictions          means a resident of Iowa who rents
person and a copy of their current            section (see page 20), means an            and actively farms land owned by
earnings statement showing a tax              individual commonly termed paraple-        another person. A member of the
deduction for Iowa income taxes               gic or quadriplegic, with paralysis or a   owner’s family may be a tenant. A
while hunting, or fishing. In lieu of         physical condition of the lower half of    person who works on the farm for a
the earnings statement they may               the body involving both legs, usually      wage and is not a family member
claim residency by being registered to        due to disease or injury to the spinal     does not qualify as a tenant. Rent
vote in Iowa. If a deer or wild turkey        cord; a person who is a single or          includes cash rent and sharecrop
is taken, an Iowa conservation officer        double leg amputee; or a person with       arrangements.
must be contacted immediately to              any other physical affliction which             “Trespass” means entering
obtain a transportation tag for the           makes it impossible to ambulate            property without the express permission
animal. Conservation officer cell             successfully without the use of a          of the owner, lessee or person in lawful
phone numbers are listed on pages 26          motor vehicle.                             possession, with the intent to commit a
and 27.                                            “Severely disabled person,”           public offense; to use, remove there-
       4) Persons with a dog entered in       when used in reference to the Dis-         from, alter, damage, harass, or place
a licensed field trial. They may              abled Hunter deer season, means a          anything animate or inanimate, or to
participate in the event and exercise a       person that qualifies as severely          hunt, fish or trap on the property.
dog on the same area where the field          disabled under Iowa Code Chapter                This paragraph does not prohibit
trial is held during the 24-hour period       321L.1.8, including those who have         the unarmed pursuit of game or fur-
immediately preceding the trial.              difficulty walking due to lung or heart    bearing animals lawfully injured or
                                              disease or an arthritic, neurologi-
                                              cal or orthopedic condition.
                                                   “Roadway” means that
Definitions                                   portion of the highway improved,
Please read the definitions of these          designed or ordinarily used for
terms, commonly used in the                   vehicular travel, including the
hunting regulations summary,                  shoulder (see diagram).
before referring to the rest of the                “One-way mobile radio
text.                                         transmitter” means a radio
     “Motor vehicle” means any                capable of transmitting a signal
self-propelled vehicle having at least        but not capable of transmitting a
three wheels and which must be                voice signal. The signal may be            killed which come to rest on or
registered as a motor vehicle under           tracked or located by radio telemetry      escape to the property of another.
Iowa Code Chapter 321.                        or located by an audible sound.            The term trespass does not mean
     “Paraplegic” means an individual              “Two-way radio transmitter”           entering the right-of-way of a public
afflicted with paralysis of the lower half    means a radio capable of transmitting      road or highway. Railroad right-of-
of the body with the involvement of           and receiving voice messages,              ways are considered private prop-
both legs, usually due to disease of or       including, but not limited to, a citizen   erty.
injury to the spinal cord.                    band radio or a cellular telephone.
     “Physically disabled person”,            Two-way radio transmitters would
when used in reference to crossbow            also include walkie-talkies or hand
permits for deer and turkey hunting,          held radios.
means a person having a physical
impairment of the upper extremities that
makes a person physically incapable of
shooting a bow and arrow. This
includes difficulty in lifting and reaching
with arms as well as difficulty in
handling and fingering a bow.


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                              GENERAL HUNTING INFORMATION
Hunting Accidents Must be                                                                 animal without making a reasonable
Reported                                    Use of CB or Mobile Transmitter               effort to retrieve it from the field.
     Anyone involved in a hunting               You cannot use a mobile radio             You cannot leave a usable portion
accident involving a firearm which          transmitter to communicate the                of the game or furbearing animal in
results in a personal injury or property    location or direction of game or              the field. “Usable portion” in this
damage exceeding $100 must report the       furbearing animals, or to coordinate          instance means the following: 1) for
incident within 12 hours to the sheriff’s   the movement of other hunters.                game, that part of an animal that is
office where the incident occurred or to        This does not apply: 1) if you are        customarily processed for consump-
your local conservation officer. If the     hunting coyotes, except during the            tion; and 2) for furbearing animals,
conservation officer is not immediately     shotgun deer seasons including any            the fur or hide of the animal.
available, and it is between normal         bonus seasons; 2) if you are a fal-
office hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F,    coner using a one-way mobile trans-           Possession and Storage
report the incident to the law enforce-     mitter to recover a free-flying bird of             You cannot possess game or
ment bureau of the DNR at the central       prey that is properly banded and              furbearing animals or their pelts,
office in Des Moines at 515/281-8652.       covered on a falconry permit; or 3) if        except deer venison, for more than
     Anyone who intentionally dis-          you are hunting with a dog and use a          30 days after the close of the
charges a firearm in a reckless             one-way mobile transmitter to track           season for that species. A person
manner is committing an offense,            or aid in the recovery of the dog. (See       in lawful possession of deer venison
ranging from a simple misdemeanor to        the definitions of one-and two-way            taken with a valid license, may hold
a felony, depending on the seriousness      mobile radio transmitters on page 8           the venison until the following
of the personal injury or damage to         for more information regarding                September 1. From September 1
property.                                   transmitters).                                until the first day of the next deer
                                                                                          open season for which the person
Showing License to Officer                  Laser Sights are Prohibited                   holds a valid deer hunting license,
    Upon request, you must show                 You cannot use laser sights that          the person shall not possess more
your license, certificate or permit         cast a ray of light on the animal while       than 25 pounds of deer venison.
to any peace officer or the owner           hunting. (See the exception under the         Any person may possess up to 25
or person in lawful control of the          hunting by artificial light section on        pounds of deer venison if the deer
land or water on which you are              page 11).                                     was lawfully obtained. A permit to
hunting, fishing or trapping. You                                                         hold for a longer time period may be
must have your license, certificate         Unlawful Transportation                       granted by the DNR.
or permit in your possession.                   You cannot ship, carry or trans-
                                            port, in any one day, game, fish, birds       Obstruction of Hunting or Trapping
Transporting Pheasants                      or animals (except furbearing ani-                 No one can intentionally obstruct
     You cannot transport a pheasant        mals) in excess of the number legally         the participation of another in the lawful
within the state without a foot, fully      permitted to be possessed, unless             activity of hunting, fishing or trapping,
feathered wing or fully feathered head      authorized by a special license such          including but not limited to:
attached to the body.                       as a taxidermy license.                            A) intentionally placing oneself in
                                                                                          a location where human presence
Hunter Orange                               Game Brought into the State                   may affect the behavior of a fur-
    One of the following articles of             You may possess fish or game that        bearing animal, game bird or fish or
external, visible, solid blaze orange       has been lawfully taken outside the           the feasibilty of killing or taking a
apparel is required during deer             state and lawfully brought into the state,    furbearing animal, game bird or fish
hunting with firearm: vest, jacket,         but you must be able to prove it was          with the intent of obstructing or
coat, sweatshirt, sweater, shirt or         legally killed and legally transported into   harassing another person who is
coverall. Although not required,            the state.                                    lawfully hunting, fishing or trapping.
hunter orange apparel is also                                                                  B) intentionally creating a visual,
recommended for upland game                 Retrieval and Waste of Game                   aural, olfactory or physical stimulus for
hunters. Proper use of blaze orange             While taking or attempting to             the purpose of effecting the behavior of
reduces the chances of firearm              take game or furbearing animals,              a fur-bearing animal, game bird or fish
related hunting accidents.                  you cannot abandon the injured                with the intent of obstructing or harass-

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                                 GENERAL HUNTING INFORMATION
ing another person who is lawfully            buoy.




                                                                                           HUNTING
hunting, fishing or trapping.                      Portable blinds placed in trees and
     C) intentionally affecting the           used for purposes other than hunting
condition or altering the placement of        waterfowl may be left on an area for a
personal property used for the purpose        continuous period of time from seven
of taking furbearing animals, birds or fish   days prior to the open season for
with the intent of obstructing or harass-     hunting deer or wild turkey to seven
ing another person who is lawfully            days after the final day of the respec-
hunting, fishing or trapping.                 tive seasons.
     A person shall not interfere with the
lawful hunting, fishing or trapping           Decoys
activities of another person where                 A “decoy” is a likeness of a bird or
hunting, fishing or trapping is authorized    animal used to lure game within
by a custodian of public property or an       shooting range. Decoys are prohibited
owner or lessee of private property. This     on all game management areas from
rule does not prohibit a landowner, tenant    one-half hour after sunset until midnight
or an employee of the landowner or            of each day. Decoys are considered
tenant from performing normal agricul-        removed from an area if they are in a
tural operations or a law enforcement         boat or other container at an approved
officer from performing offical duties.       access site. Waterfowl decoys cannot
                                              be left unattended for over 30 minutes
Trespass Law                                  between midnight and one-half our
    See definition on page 8.                 after sunset.
Blinds                                        Nontoxic Shot Requirements for
     A blind is a constructed place of        Public Lands
concealment for hunting, observing or              You cannot have in your possession
photographing wildlife. You may               any shotshell loaded with anything other
construct a blind on a game manage-           than nontoxic shot approved by the
ment area using only the natural              U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service when
vegetation found in the area, except          hunting any migratory game birds,
that no trees or parts of trees other         except woodcock, on any land or
than willows can be cut for that              waters of the state of Iowa. Approved
purpose. The use of such blinds is on a       nontoxic shot must also be used to hunt
first-come, first-served basis whether        all game animals or furbearers, except
or not you constructed the blind.             deer and wild turkey, on selected public
     You cannot drive or otherwise place      hunting areas in north-central and
any nail, spike, pin or any other object,     northwest Iowa. See page 11 for a
metal or otherwise, into any tree on a        listing of those areas.
game management area to construct a
blind or to make access to a blind or to a    Selling Game
hunting location above the ground.                 Except as otherwise provided,
     Portable blinds are prohibited on        you cannot buy or sell, dead or alive, a
game management areas from one-half           bird or animal or any part of one
hour after sunset until midnight of each      which is protected. This does not
day. Portable blinds which are built on, or   apply to furbearing animals and the
are part of, a boat shall be considered as    skins, plumage and antlers of legally
removed from an area when the boat            taken game. You cannot purchase,
and blind are tied up or moored at an         sell, barter or offer to purchase, sell or
approved access site. No boat may be          barter migratory game birds; and for
anchored away from shore and left             millinery or ornamental use, the same
unattended unless it is attached to a legal   applies to the feathers of migratory
                                              game birds.

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                               GENERAL HUNTING INFORMATION
                                            the owner or tenant has given consent          local government body within its
Unlawful sale                               to do so. Feedlot means a lot, yard or         corporate limits pursuant to an approved
    You cannot buy or sell any wild         corral where livestock is confined for         special deer population control plan.
animal or part of a wild animal if the      the purpose of feeding and growth
wild animal was unlawfully taken,           prior to slaughter. Pastures, hayfields        Chasing from Dens
transported or possessed.                   or cropfields where animals are                    You cannot have in your posses-
                                            allowed to graze are not considered            sion while hunting, or use while
Transporting Firearms                       feedlots.                                      hunting, any ferret, device or sub-
     You cannot carry a shotgun or rifle                                                   stance for the purpose of chasing
in a vehicle that is on a public highway,   Hunting by Artificial Light                    animals from dens.
unless the firearm is taken down or              Sights that project a light beam are
                                            not legal for hunting. You cannot cast         Shooting Rifle Over Water or
totally contained in a securely fastened
case with its barrels and magazines         the rays of a spotlight, headlight or other    Highway
unloaded. Handguns must be trans-           artificial light on a highway or in a field,       You cannot shoot any rifle on or
ported unloaded in a closed container or    woodland or forest for the purpose of          over any of the public highways or
securely wrapped package too large to       spotting, locating, taking or attempting to    waters of the state or any railroad right-
conceal on your person or which is not      take or hunt a bird or animal, while           of-way. You cannot discharge a
readily accessible to any person in the     having in possession or control, either        shotgun shooting a slug, pistol or
vehicle.                                    singly or as one of a group of persons,        revolver on or over a public roadway
                                            any firearm, bow or other device               (see page 8 for diagram of public
Prohibited Hunting Near Build-              capable of killing or taking a bird or         roadway).
ings                                        animal. This rule does not apply to
    You cannot discharge a firearm,         hunting raccoons or other furbearing
shoot or attempt to shoot game or           animals when they are treed with the
furbearing animals within 200 yards of      aid of dogs.
a building inhabited by people or                This rule also does not apply to deer
domestic livestock or a feedlot unless      being taken by or under the control of a


  Iowa Wildlife Management Areas            and the East Des Moines River                  state and federal areas except
  Requiring Nontoxic Shot for All           Access; Franklin County, all state             Kalsow Prairie; Polk County, Paul
  Hunting                                   and federal areas; Greene County,              Errington Marsh WMA and
  (excluding deer and wild turkey)          all state and federal areas except             Chichaqua Wildlife Management
                                            Rippey Access and McMahon                      Area; Sac County, all state and
       Benton County, Iowa River            Access; Guthrie County, McCord                 federal areas except White Horse
  Corridor; Boone County, Harrier           Pond, Lakin Slough and Bays Branch             Access and Sac City Access;
  Marsh WMA; Buena Vista                    WMAs, excluding the target shooting            Tama County, Iowa River Corri-
  County, all state and federal areas       range at Bays Branch WMA.                      dor; Winnebago County, all state
  except Bluebird Access; Calhoun,               Also, Hamilton County, Little             and federal areas; Worth County,
  South Twin Lake; Cerro Gordo              Wall Lake, Gordon Marsh and Bauer              all state and federal areas; and
  County, all state and federal areas;      Slough WMAs; Hancock County, all               Wright County, all state and
  Clay County, all state and federal        state and federal areas; Humboldt              federal areas .
  areas except Burr Access, Dry             County, all state and federal areas                 Target shooting on these
  Mud Lake, Little Sioux, Highbridge        except Bradgate Access and Willows             areas will also require the use of
  and Fen Valley WMAs, and the              Access; Iowa County, Iowa River                nontoxic shot.
  Ocheyedan WMA target shooting             Corridor; Jasper County; Chichaqua                  Check the 2002 Upland
  ranging; Dickinson County, all            Wildlife Management Area; Kossuth              Game, Trapping and Waterfowl
  state and federal areas except the        County, all state and federal areas            Guide for information on approved
  Spring Run WMA target shooting            except Seneca Access; Osceola                  types of nontoxic shot.
  area; Emmet County, all state and         County, all state and federal areas;
  federal areas except Birge Lake,          Palo Alto County, all state and
  Grass Lake and Ryan Lake WMAs,            federal areas; Pocahontas County, all

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                                   GENERAL HUNTING INFORMATION
                               Liquidated Damages
 In addition to penalties assessed by the court, a person who is con-
 victed of unlawfully selling, taking, catching, killing, injuring, destroy-
 ing or having in their possession any animal, shall reimburse the state
 for the value of the animal as follows:
 1. For each antlered deer taken during September, October,
 November or December before the regular gun seasons ........... $2,000
          plus 80 hours community service; or $4,000 in lieu of
          community service
 2. For each deer ........................................................................... $1,500
 3. For each wild turkey, beaver, mink, otter,
  red fox, gray fox or raccoon ......................................................... $200
 4. For each animal or bird or the raw pelt or plumage of such
 or bird for which damages are not otherwise prescribed ................ $50                           Through purchase of licenses and
 5. For each fish, reptile, mussel or amphibian ................................. $15                  stamps and manufacturers’ taxes
 6. For each animal classified by the Natural Resource                                                 on firearms, ammunition and other
 Commission as an endangered or threatened species ................. $1,000                            outdoor equipment, hunters and
 7. For each elk, antelope, buffalo or moose ................................. $2,500                  trappers continue to support the ac-
 8. For each swan or crane ........................................................... $1,500          quisition, development and man-
 For each conviction of unlawfully harvesting ginseng, the state will be reim-                         agement of Iowa’s wildlife areas.
 bursed 150 percent of the ginseng’s market value as determined by the de-
 partment.
                                  Multiple Offender
      Effective July 1, 1990, the Iowa Legislature enabled the DNR to implement a
 Multiple Offender program for fish and wildlife violators.
      Convictions are assigned point values as determined by the Iowa
 Administrative Code. Licenses will be suspended or revoked for a specific
 period as determined by the number of points accumulated. Point values
 range from one to three points depending on the seriousness of the violation.
 A “Multiple Offender” is any person who has equaled or exceeded five
 points during a consecutive three year period. This program applies even if
 all violations occur as a single event with no previous violations.                                      DNR’s Charles “Butch”
      This program is administered by the DNR and is in addition to any
 penalties or revocations/suspensions imposed by the court for the same                                Olofson SHOOTING RANGE
 violation. Persons with suspended or revoked hunting and fishing privileges                               Open Wednesdays - Sundays
 will not be allowed to purchase licenses during the suspension period.                                     Located 4 1/4 miles north of Polk
                                                                                                       City off Highway 415. Rifle, pistol,
                                                                                                       shotgun slugs, archery, blackpowder,
                                                               The ruffed grouse hunting               trap and skeet shooting opportunities.
                                              GROUSE           zone is that portion of                 Firearm shooters can shoot from 15,
                                         63   HUNTING                                                  25 and 50 yards with one 10-station,
                                                                  northeast Iowa bor-
                                              ZONE                                                     100-yard bench rest range.
                                              20
                                                                    dered by U.S. high-                     FEES: General public-$6/hour
                                                   13
                                                                      ways 65, 20 and                  or fraction of an hour for rifle,
               THIS AREA
               CLOSED TO                                151
                                                               64     151, and Iowa high-              handgun, shotgun slugs and
               RUFFED GROUSE                                          ways 13 and 64.                  archery; $6 per round for trap and
               HUNTING
                                                                                                       skeet. Fee includes targets, rental of
                                                                                                       shooting glasses and protection.
                                                                                                            For more information, about the
                                                                                                       range, call (515) 281-5918 8 a.m. -
                                                                                                       4:30 p.m. M-F.

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                          MIGRATORY GAME BIRD REGULATIONS
                                             induces or allows another to hunt by        sion must be immediately killed and
Federal Regulations                          the aid of bait or over a baited area.      included in the daily bag limit.
Summary                                      Hunters are responsible for ensuring
Restrictions. You cannot take migra-         that an area has not been baited and        Tagging
tory game birds:                             should verify its legality prior to                You cannot give, put or leave any
     - with a trap, net, rifle, pistol,      hunting. The maximum federal                migratory game birds at any place or in
swivel gun, shotgun larger than 10           penalties are: for hunting over bait,       the custody of another person unless you
gauge, punt gun, battery gun, machine        $15,000/six months in jail; for placing     tag the birds with the following informa-
gun, fish hook, poison, drug, explosive      bait, $100,000/one year in jail.            tion: 1. your signature; 2. your address; 3.
or stupefying substance.                          - from a motorboat or sailboat         the total number of birds involved, by
     - with a shotgun capable of holding     under power. A craft under power            species; 4. the dates such birds were
more than three shells, unless it is         may be used to retrieve dead or             killed.
plugged with a one-piece filler which is     crippled birds, except crippled birds              You cannot receive or have in
incapable of being removed without           may not be shot from such
disassembling the gun.                       craft under power.                    Waterfowl zone description
     - from a sink box (a low floating            - by the use or aid of
device, having a depression affording        recorded or electronically
the hunter a means of concealment            amplified bird calls or sounds
beneath the surface of the water).           or recordings or elecronically                      NORTH ZONE
     - from or with the aid or use of any    amplified imitations of bird calls       175 37


motor vehicle or other motor-driven land     or sounds.                                      59
                                                                                                  80                      80
conveyance or any aircraft, except that
paraplegics and single or double leg         Closed Season                                      SOUTH ZONE
amputees may take from any stationary            You cannot take migratory
motor-driven land conveyance.                game birds during the closed
                                             season.                                The state will be divided by a line beginning
     - by the use or aid of live decoys.
                                                                                    on the Nebraska-Iowa border at Iowa High-
All live, tame or captive ducks and
                                                                                    way 175, southeast to Iowa Highway 37,
geese shall be removed for a period of       Shooting or Hawking Hours
                                                                                    east to U.S. Highway 59, south to Interstate
10 consecutive days prior to hunting,           You cannot take migratory
                                                                                    80 and along I-80 east to the Iowa-Illinois
and confined within an enclosure             game birds except during the
                                                                                    border.
which substantially reduces the              hours open to shooting and
audibility of their calls and totally        hawking as prescribed (see
conceals such tame birds from the            page 20 for falconry information).           custody any migratory game birds
sight of migratory waterfowl.                                                             belonging to another person unless such
     - by the aid of baiting or on or over   Daily Bag Limit                              birds are properly tagged.
a baited area where a person knows or           You cannot take in any one day
reasonably should know that the area         more than one daily bag limit.               Shipment
is or has been baited. A baited area is                                                       You cannot ship migratory game
considered to be baited for 10 days          Field Possession Limit                       birds unless the package is marked on
after complete removal of any bait.              You cannot possess more than             the outside with: 1. the name and
Baiting includes placing, exposing,          one daily bag limit while in the field or    address of the person sending the
depositing distributing salt, grain or       while returning from the field to the        birds; 2. the name and address of the
other feed that could serve as a lure or     vehicle, hunting camp, home, etc.            person receiving the birds; and 3. the
attraction for migratory game birds to,                                                   number of birds, by species, contained
on or over areas where hunters are           Wanton Waste                                 in the package.
attempting to take them. Agricultural            All migratory game birds killed or
areas must be prepared in accordance         crippled must be retrieved, if possible,     Importation and Transportation
with official recommendations to be          and retained in the custody of the           Within the United States
legally hunted. It is a separate offense     hunter in the field.                              For information regarding the impor-
to place, or direct placement of bait, on                                                 tation of migratory birds killed in another
or adjacent to an area which causes,         Possession of Live Birds                     country, hunters should consult the Title
                                                 Wounded birds reduced to posses-
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                           MIGRATORY GAME BIRD REGULATIONS
50, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 20.
One fully feathered wing or head must         Harvest Information Program (HIP)
remain attached to all migratory game             Federal regulations require all         HIP number on their license.
birds, except doves and band-tailed           hunters that plan to hunt migratory             The U.S. Fish and Wildlife
pigeons, being transported between a port     game birds (waterfowl, snipe, rails,        Service will select a sample of
of entry and the hunter’s home or to a        woodcock) to register every year            hunters from those registered.
migratory bird preservation facility. You     with the federal government when            Selected hunters will be contacted
cannot import migratory game birds killed     they buy their hunting license.             by the USFWS before the season
in any foreign country, except Canada,            When buying the Migratory               and asked to record the number
unless such birds are dressed (except as      Game Bird fee, hunters will be              of each species of migratory
required above), drawn and the head and       asked the number of each species            game birds they bag during that
feet removed.                                 harvested last season. Hunters will         year. HIP will allow for more
                                              no longer have to call a HIP tele-          accurate harvest estimates for
Dual Violation                                phone number to register or write a         each species.
    Violation of state migratory bird
regulations is also a violation of federal
                                             possess only approved nontoxic shot          brought onto the Refuge. For additional
regulations.
                                             while hunting for all game except wild       information about special regulations
                                             turkeys; In pools 4 through 11, you          National Wildlife Refuges, write to
    CAUTION: National wildlife
                                             may not place or leave decoys during         Regional Director, U.S. Fish and
refuge regulations apply to national
                                             the time 1/2 hour after the close of         Wildlife Service, BH Whipple Federal
wildlife refuges open to hunting and
                                             legal shooting hours, until 1 hour           Building, 1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling,
trapping. On the Upper Mississippi
                                             before the start of legal shooting           MS 55111-4056.
River National Wildlife and Fish Ref-
                                             hours; In pools 4 through 11, construc-          For additional information on federal
uge: In “Closed Areas”, hunting for all
                                             tion of permanent hunting blinds using       regulations, contact Special Agent-in-
legal species except migratory birds is
                                             artificial materials is prohibited. At the   Charge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
permitted beginning the day after the
                                             end of each day’s hunt, you must             P.O. Box 45, Twin Cities, MN 55111.
final closing day of the state duck
                                             remove all artificial materials you          Telephone (612) 713-5320.
hunting season; Shotgun hunters may


                                                  Wildlife Refuges
  Restrictions. The following areas under the jurisdiction of the Department of Natural Resources are established as game
  refuges where posted as such. It shall be unlawful to hunt, pursue, kill, trap or take any wild animal, bird or game on these
  areas at any time, and no one shall carry firearms thereon. It shall also be unlawful to trespass in any manner on the
  following areas, where posted as such, between the dates of Sept. 10 and Dec. 25 of each year, both dates inclusive, except
  that DNR personnel and law enforcement officials may enter the area at any time in performance of their duties.
  AREA                     COUNTY            AREA                    COUNTY               AREA                  COUNTY
  Lake Icaria              Adams             Riverton Area           Fremont              Chichaqua Area        Polk
  Rathbun Area             Appanoose         Dunbar Slough           Greene               Cottonwood Area       Polk
  Wildlife Exhibit Area    Boone             Bays Branch             Guthrie              Smith Area            Pottawattamie
  Sweet Marsh              Bremer            Iowa River              Iowa                 Lake View Area        Sac
  Storm Lake Islands       Buena Vista       Green Island Area       Jackson              Princeton Area        Scott
  Big Marsh                Butler            Hawkeye Wildlife Area   Johnson              Prairie Rose Lake     Shelby
  South Twin Lake          Calhoun           Muskrat Slough          Jones                Otter Creek Marsh     Tama
  Round Lake               Clay              Colyn Area              Lucas                Green Valley Lake     Union
  Little River Rec. Area   Decatur           Red Rock Area           Marion               Three Mile Lake       Union
  Allen Green Refuge       Des Moines                                Polk Warren          Lake Sugema           Van Buren
  Kettleson Area           Dickinson         Badger Lake             Monona               Rice Lake Area        Winnebago
  Henderson WMA            Dickinson         Tieville/Decatur Bend   Monona               Snyder Lake           Woodbury
  Spring Run WMA           Dickinson         Five Island Lake        Palo Alto            Elk Creek Marsh       Worth
  Ingham Lake              Emmet             Big Creek/Saylorville                        Lake Cornelia         Wright
  Forney Lake              Fremont           Complex                 Polk

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               AREAS CLOSED TO CANADA GOOSE HUNTING
                www.state.ia.us/government/dnr/organiza/fwb/wildlife/pages/cagorefuge
Canada goose hunting is closed in posted portions of 25 counties (see map and list below). Maps of closed areas may
be picked up from the local conservation officer, local county recorder’s office or at one of the DNR facilities contained
in the Canada goose closed area list below. Telephone numbers for conservation officers (pages 26-27) and DNR
offices (see page 3-4) are listed in this brochure. Individual closed area maps may also be ordered from the DNR by
calling 515/281-5918. Be prepared to tell the area name for the map your are ordering. Allow two weeks for delivery.

                                                    Office in Brighton, the         12. Red Rock Reservoir Area; Polk,
                                                    Rathbun Wildlife Unit in        Jasper and Marion counties; South-
                                                    Chariton and the Corps of       west Regional Office in Lewis, Red
                                                    Engineers at Rathbun.           Rock Wildlife Unit in Indianola and
                                                    6. Brown’s Slough-Colyn         the Corps of Engineers in Pella.
                                                    Area; Lucas County;             13. Davis - Van Buren counties;
                                                    Southeast Regional Office       Southeast Regional Office in
                                                    in Brighton, the Rathbun        Brighton, the Wapello Wildlife Unit in
                                                    Wildlife Unit in Chariton and   Ottumwa and Lacey Keosaqua State
                                                    the Corps of Engineers at       Park.
                                                    Rathbun.                        14. Bremer County; Northeast
                                                    7. Guthrie County, South-       Regional Office in Manchester and
                                                    west Regional Office in         the Sweet Marsh Unit in Tripoli.
1. Emmet County; Northwest                                                          15. Butler County; Northeast
Regional Office in Spirit Lake and        Lewis and the Bays Branch Unit in
                                          Panora or Adel.                           Regional Office in Manchester and
Ingham Wildlife Unit in Estherville.                                                the Big Marsh Unit in Parkersburg or
2. Clay - Palo Alto counties; North-      8. Adams County, Southwest Re-
                                          gional Office in Lewis, the Mt. Ayr       Hampton.
west Regional Office in Spirit Lake                                                 16. Union County; Southwest
and Ruthven Wildlife Unit in Spencer.     Wildlife Unit in Mt. Ayr and the Lake
                                          Icaria Recreation Area in Corning.        Regional Office in Lewis, the Mt. Ayr
3. Dickinson County; Northwest                                                      Wildlife Unit in Mt. Ayr and the
Regional Office in Spirit Lake and Big    9. Monona - Woodbury counties;
                                          Southwest Regional Office in Lewis        Green Valley State Park in Creston.
Sioux Wildlife Unit in Spirit Lake.                                                 17. Fremont - Mills counties, South-
4. Worth - Winnebago counties;            or the Missouri River Unit in Onawa
                                          or Whiting.                               west Regional Office in Lewis and
Northeast Regional Office in                                                        the Riverton Wildlife Unit in Sidney or
Manchester and Rice Lake Unit in          10. No area assigned to number 10.
                                          11. Jackson County; Northeast             Riverton.
Lake Mills or Northwood.
5. Rathbun Reservoir Area;                Regional Office in Manchester and
Appanoose, Monroe, Lucas and              the Maquoketa Unit in Green Island
Wayne counties; Southeast Regional        and Maquoketa.


                       Be Sure of Your Target
                         Before You Shoot
      The Iowa DNR is currently           Canada goose. Trumpeters swans
 restoring trumpeter swans to its         weigh up to 35 pounds, have up to an
 native nesting grounds in Iowa. The      8 foot wing span and all primary wing
 trumpeter and the arctic nesting         feathers are white or gray if they are
 Tundra Swan that migrate through         immatures. Snow geese weigh up to
 the state are given complete             6 pounds and have 2- to 3 ½-foot
 protection in Iowa. Shooting a           wing span and have black on their
 swan could result in a stiff fine and    outer primary wing feathers.
 a $1,500 liquidated damage fee.              Please call the TIP hotline at
 There is really no reason to mistake         1-800-532-2020 if you see anyone
 a trumpeter swan for a snow or           committing a game violation.

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                                STEEL SHOT TABLE




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                                  SUNRISE/SUNSET SCHEDULE

      Jan.          Feb.          Mar.          Apr.          May           Sept.       Oct.           Nov.          Dec.
Day   Rise   Set    Rise   Set    Rise   Set    Rise   Set    Rise   Set    Rise Set    R i s eS e t   Rise   Set    Rise   Set
      a.m.   p.m.   a.m.   p.m.   a.m.   p.m.   a.m.   p.m.   a.m.   p.m.   a.m. p.m.   a.m. p.m.      a.m.   p.m.   a.m.   p.m.
01    7:31   4:42   7:16   5:17   6:38   5:53   5:46   6:28   4:59   7:02   5:28 6:36   6:00 5:44      6:35   4:57   7:11   4:32
02    7:31   4:43   7:15   5:19   6:36   5:54   5:44   6:29   4:57   7:03   5:29 6:35   6:01 5:43      6:37   4:55   7:12   4:32
03    7:31   4:44   7:14   5:20   6:35   5:55   5:42   6:30   4:56   7:04   5:30 6:33   6:02 5:41      6:38   4:54   7:13   4:31
04    7:31   4:45   7:12   5:21   6:33   5:56   5:40   6:32   4:55   7:05   5:31 6:31   6:03 5:39      6:39   4:53   7:14   4:31
05    7:31   4:45   7:11   5:23   6:31   5:58   5:39   6:33   4:53   7:06   5:32 6:30   6:04 5:38      6:40   4:52   7:15   4:31
06    7:31   4:46   7:11   5:24   6:30   5:59   5:37   6:34   4:52   7:07   5:33 6:28   6:05 5:36      6:42   4:51   7:16   4:31
07    7:31   4:47   7:10   5:25   6:28   6:00   5:35   6:35   4:51   7:08   5:34 6:26   6:06 5:34      6:43   4:49   7:17   4:31
08    7:31   4:48   7:09   5:26   6:27   6:01   5:34   6:36   4:50   7:09   5:35 6:25   6:07 5:33      6:44   4:48   7:18   4:31
09    7:31   4:50   7:08   5:28   6:25   6:02   5:32   6:37   4:49   7:10   5:36 6:23   6:08 5:31      6:45   4:47   7:19   4:31
10    7:30   4:51   7:07   5:29   6:23   6:03   5:30   6:38   4:47   7:11   5:37 6:21   6:09 5:29      6:47   4:46   7:20   4:31
11    7:30   4:52   7:05   5:30   6:21   6:05   5:29   6:39   4:46   7:12   5:39 6:19   6:11 5:28      6:48   4:45   7:21   4:31
12    7:30   4:53   7:04   5:32   6:20   6:06   5:27   6:40   4:45   7:13   5:40 6:18   6:12 5:26      6:49   4:44   7:22   4:31
13    7:29   4:54   7:03   5:33   6:18   6:07   5:25   6:42   4:44   7:14   5:41 6:16   6:13 5:24      6:50   4:43   7:22   4:31
14    7:29   4:55   7:01   5:34   6:16   6:08   5:24   6:43   4:43   7:15   5:42 6:14   6:14 5:23      6:52   4:42   7:23   4:32
15    7:28   4:56   7:00   5:35   6:15   6:09   5:22   6:44   4:42   7:16   5:43 6:12   6:15 5:21      6:53   4:41   7:24   4:32
16    7:28   4:57   6:59   5:37   6:13   6:10   5:21   6:45   4:41   7:17   5:44 6:11   6:16 5:20      6:54   4:41   7:25   4:32
17    7:27   4:59   6:57   5:38   6:11   6:11   5:19   6:46   4:40   7:19   5:45 6:09   6:17 5:18      6:55   4:40   7:25   4:32
18    7:27   5:00   6:56   5:39   6:10   6:13   5:18   6:47   4:39   7:20   5:46 6:07   6:19 5:16      6:56   4:39   7:26   4:33
19    7:26   5:01   6:55   5:40   6:08   6:14   5:16   6:48   4:38   7:20   5:47 6:05   6:20 5:15      6:58   4:38   7:26   4:33
20    7:26   5:02   6:53   5:42   6:06   6:15   5:14   6:49   4:37   7:21   5:48 6:04   6:21 5:13      6:59   4:38   7:27   4:34
21    7:25   5:03   6:52   5:43   6:04   6:16   5:13   6:51   4:37   7:22   5:49 6:02   6:22 5:12      7:00   4:37   7:28   4:34
22    7:24   5:05   6:50   5:44   6:03   6:17   5:11   6:52   4:36   7:23   5:50 6:00   6:23 5:10      7:01   4:36   7:28   4:35
23    7:24   5:06   6:49   5:45   6:01   6:18   5:10   6:53   4:35   7:24   5:51 5:58   6:25 5:09      7:02   4:36   7:29   4:35
24    7:23   5:07   6:47   5:47   5:59   6:19   5:08   6:54   4:34   7:25   5:52 5:57   6:26 5:07      7:03   4:35   7:29   4:36
25    7:22   5:08   6:46   5:48   5:58   6:20   5:07   6:55   4:34   7:26   5:53 5:55   6:27 5:06      7:05   4:34   7:29   4:36
26    7:21   5:10   6:44   5:49   5:56   6:22   5:06   6:56   4:33   7:27   5:54 5:53   6:28 5:05      7:06   4:34   7:30   4:37
27    7:20   5:11   6:43   5:50   5:54   6:23   5:04   6:57   4:32   7:28   5:55 5:51   6:29 5:03      7:07   4:33   7:30   4:38
28    7:20   5:12   6:41   5:52   5:52   6:24   5:03   6:58   4:32   7:29   5:56 5:50   6:31 5:02      7:08   4:33   7:30   4:38
29    7:19   5:14                 5:51   6:25   5:01   6:59   4:31   7:30   5:57 5:48   6:32 5:01      7:09   4:33   7:31   4:39
30    7:18   5:15                 5:49   6:26   5:00   7:00   4:30   7:30   5:58 5:46   6:33 4:59      7:10   4:32   7:31   4:40
31    7:17   5:16                 5:47   6:27                 4:30   7:31               6:34 4:58                    7:31   4:41



                                                                                    n The sunrise-sunset schedule
                                                                                    above represents Zone 1 in
                                                                                    eastern Iowa (See map at left).

                                                                                    n Add four minutes for each
                                                                                    zone west of Zone 1 (see map).

                                                                                    n Each schedule is based on
                                                                                    Central Standard Time.

                                                                                    n Add one hour for Daylight Sav-
                                                                                    ings Time when in effect, from
                                                                                    the first Sunday in April to the
                                                                                    last Sunday in October.




See 2002 Iowa Upland Game, Trapping and Waterfowl Guide
       for seasons, bag limits and more information.



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                                   TRAPPING/HUNTING FURBEARERS
Handguns                                       Furbearing Animals                           Box traps capable of capturing more
     There is no special season for                 The following are considered            than one game or furbearing animal at
hunting deer with a handgun. Black             furbearing animals: beaver, badger,          each setting are prohibited. A valid
powder handguns shooting a single              mink, muskrat, raccoon, skunk, opos-         hunting license is required for box
projectile .44 caliber or larger, and          sum, weasel, coyote, groundhog               trapping cottontail rabbits and squirrels.
centerfire handguns .357 caliber or            (woodchuck), red fox and gray fox.
larger, shooting straightwall ammunition                                                    Removal of Animals from Traps
and propelling an expanding-type bullet        Fur Harvester License                        and Snares
(no full metal jacket), are legal during all        You must have a furharvester                 All animals or animal carcasses
deer seasons except youth, early               license and have paid the habitat fee (if    caught in any type of trap or snare,
muzzleloader and bow seasons. The              age 16 to 65) to hunt all furbearers, and    except those that are placed en-
minimum barrel length is 4 inches for          to trap any furbearing animal. You do        tirely under water and designed to
pistols, revolvers and black powder            not need a hunting license when hunting      drown the animal immediately, must
handguns. Handguns may not be used             furbearers. Coyote and groundhog may         be removed from the trap or snare,
to hunt turkeys.                               be hunted with a hunting or fur har-         by the trap or snare user, immedi-
     Hunters 16 years old or younger           vester license.                              ately upon discovery and within 24
may not hunt deer with a handgun.                                                           hours of the time the animal is
Hunters 17 through 20 years old must           Permit to Hold Hides                         caught.
be accompanied by a parent, guardian                You cannot possess the hides or
or spouse who is at least 21 years old.        skins of furbearing animals more than        Snares
Hunters lawfully engaged in hunting            30 days after the close of the season            For the purpose of law enforce-
do not need a concealed weapons                for that species. A permit to hold for a     ment, snares are considered to be traps.
permit while in the field.                     longer period may be granted by the              No person shall set or maintain
     For more information on Iowa’s            DNR. The permit application will be          any snare in any public road right-
weapons laws, go to the Iowa De-               verified in person and show the number       of-way so the snare, when fully
partment of Public Safety’s website at         and varieties of the skins or hides you      extended, can touch any fence. A
www.state.ia.us/government/dps/asd/            may hold. The permit will authorize the      snare set on private land other than
wp                                             holder to sell or otherwise dispose of       roadsides within 30 yards of a pond,
Legal handgun calibers for                     such skins or hides.                         lake, creek, drainage ditch, stream
hunting deer in Iowa:                                                                       or river must have a loop size of 11
.357 Magnum; .357 Maximum; .357                Disturbing Dens                              inches or less in horizontal mea-
Winchester; .38 Super; .40 S&W;                     You cannot molest or disturb, in        surement. All other snares must
                                               any manner, any den, lodge or house of       have a loop size of 8 inches or less
.401 Powermag; 10mm Auto; .41
                                               a furbearing animal or beaver dam            in horizontal measurement, except
Rem. Magnum; .41 Action Express;                                                            for snares with at least one-half of
                                               except by written permission of an
.44 S&W Special; .44 Rem. Mag-                                                              the loop under water. Snares cannot
                                               officer appointed by the director of the
num; .44 Automag; .444 Marlin; .45             DNR. You cannot use any chemical,            be attached to a drag. All snares
ACP; .45 Colt; .45 Winchester                  explosive, smoking device, mechanical        must have a functional deer lock
Magnum; .45 Silhouette; .451                   ferret, wire, tool, instrument or water to   which will not allow the snare loop
Detonics; .454 Casull; .45-70 Govt;            remove furbearing animals from their         to close smaller than 2 1/2 inches.
.475 Widley Magnum; .475                       dens.
Linebaugh; .480 Ruger; .50 Action                   This section does not prohibit a        Mechanical Snares
Express; .50 Linebaugh.                        property owner from destroying a den             It is illegal to set any mechanically-
                                               to protect their property.                   powered snare designed to capture an
  Please remember Iowa’s                                                                    animal by the neck or body unless the
nongame animals this spring                    Box Traps                                    snare is placed completely under water.
  with a contribution to the                        A person shall not use or attempt
        CHICKADEE                              to use colony traps in taking, capturing,    Body-gripping and Conibear-type
        CHECKOFF                               trapping or killing any game or              Traps
          PROGRAM.                             furbearing animals except muskrats as           You cannot set or maintain any
                                               determined by rule of the commission.        body-gripping or conibear-type trap on

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                               TRAPPING/HUNTING FURBEARERS
any public road right-of-way within




                                                                                                 TRAPPING
                                           Exposed Bait
five feet of any fence.                         You cannot set or maintain any
    Humane traps, or traps designed        foothold or body-gripping trap or snare
to kill instantly, with a jaw spread as    within 20 feet of exposed bait on land
originally manufactured that ex-           anywhere in the state, or over water in
ceeds 8 inches, are unlawful to use        the following areas:
except when placed entirely under               a) Mississippi River corridor -
water.                                     Allamakee, Clayton, Dubuque, Jackson,
                                           Clinton, Scott, Muscatine, Louisa, Des
Public Roadside Limitations for            Moines and Lee counties.
Snare, Body-gripping and                        b) Missouri River corridor - Those
Conibear-type Traps                        portions of Woodbury, Monona,
     Conibear-type traps and snares        Harrison, Pottawattamie, Mills and
must not be set on the right-of-way of a   Fremont counties west of Interstate 29.
public road within 200 yards of the             c) Des Moines River corridor-
entry to a private drive serving a         Boone, Dallas, Polk, Marion, Mahaska,
residence without the permission of the    Wapello and Van Buren counties.
occupant. You cannot set or maintain            “Exposed bait” means meat or
any snare or conibear-type trap within     viscera of any animal, bird, fish,
any public road right-of-way within 200    amphibian or reptile with or without
yards of buildings inhabited by humans     skin, hide or feathers that is visible to
unless a resident of the dwelling          soaring birds.
adjacent to the public road right-of-way
has given permission, or unless the        Trapping near beaver lodges or
body-gripping or conibear-type trap is     dens
completely under water or at least one-        To protect river otters, no
half of the loop of the snare is under     trapping is allowed within 10 yards
water. This does not limit the use of      of active or inactive beaver lodges
foothold traps or box-type live traps in   or dens in Linn County on the
public road right-of-ways.                 Cedar River and Indian Creek
                                           floodplains between Highway 30,
Foothold and Leghold Traps                 Highway 151, Business 151 and
    You cannot set or maintain, on land,   Interstate 380.
any foothold or leghold trap with metal
serrated jaws, metal-toothed jaws or a     Trapping on Game
spread inside the set jaws greater than
7 inches.                                  Management Areas
Trap Tag Requirements                      Marking Trap Sites
    All traps and snares, whether              You cannot place on any game
set or not, possessed by a person          management area any trap, stake,
who can reasonably be presumed to          flag, marker or any other item or
be trapping must have a metal tag          device to trap furbearers, or to
attached, plainly labeled with the         mark or otherwise claim any site to
user’s name and address. Officers          trap furbearers, except during the
appointed by the DNR can confis-           open season for taking furbearers
cate such traps and snares when            other than coyote.
not properly labeled or checked.




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                                    MISCELLANEOUS REGULATIONS
Motor Vehicle Restrictions                          “Exclusive use.” The issuance of        including bag and possession limits and
     Game management areas. The                a permit does not imply that the             the listing of permitted game species
use of motor vehicles on all game              permittee has exclusive use of the area.     can be obtained by calling 515/281-
management areas is restricted.                Permittees shall take reasonable care        5918 during the normal business hours
     Roads and parking lots. Motor             so as not to unduly interfere with the       of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F.
vehicles are prohibited on a game              use of the area by others.
management area except on con-                      “Prohibited acts.” Except as            Protected Nongame
structed and designated roads and              provided, the use of a motor vehicle on           Protected nongame species
parking lots unless specifically permitted     any game management area by a                include wild fish, birds, bats, reptiles
(see following paragraphs).                    person without a valid permit, or at any     and amphibians or their eggs or nests,
     Physically disabled persons.              site not approved on a signed map, is        their dead body or dead body parts or
Physically disabled persons may use            prohibited. Permits and maps must be         a product made from their parts. Any
certain motor vehicles on game man-            carried by the permittee at all times that   bat, with the exception of the Indiana
agement areas, according to the                the permittee is using a motor vehicle       bat, that is found within a building
restrictions set out as follows, so that       on a game management area, and must          occupied by humans is not protected.
they might enjoy such uses as are              be exhibited to any DNR employee or
available to others. (See the definitions      law enforcement official upon request.       Unprotected Nongame
of “motor vehicle” and “physically                  “Shooting from a motor ve-                   The European starling, the house
disabled person on page 8).                    hicle.” Except where prohibited by           sparrow, and the common garter snake
     “Permits.” Each physically                law, a physically disabled person            are not protected species. Timber
disabled person must have a permit             meeting the above conditions may             rattlesnakes are protected in
issued by the director of the DNR to           shoot from a stationary motor vehicle.       Allamakee, Clayton, Delaware, Des
use motor vehicles on game manage-                                                          Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Henry,
ment areas. Such permits will be issued        Falconry                                     Jackson, Jones, Lee, Madison, Van
without charge. An applicant must                   Game may be taken by licensed           Buren and Winneshiek counties but not
submit a certificate from their doctor         falconers. All falconers who pursue          including an area of 50 yards around
stating he or she meets the criteria for       game need the required hunting               houses actively occupied by human
physically disabled persons.                   license(s) and stamp(s) to do so.            beings in those counties.
     “Approved Areas.” A permit                Falconry regulations for hunting,
holder must annually contact the
technician or wildlife biologist of the
specific area(s) the permit holder
wishes to use. The technician or wildlife
biologist will determine which areas or
portions of areas will not be open to use
                                                                     ATV Use And Hunting
                                                The following regulations apply when using all-terrain vehicles for
by permittees to protect the permittee
                                                hunting purposes:
from hazards or to protect certain
                                                u ATVs cannot be operated on roadways (except for agricultural purposes).
natural resources of the area. The
                                                u It is illegal to operate an ATV on DNR Wildlife Management Areas.*
technician or wildlife biologist will assist
                                                u Only one person at a time is allowed on an ATV.
by arranging access to the area and by
                                                u You must obtain permission from the landowner to operate an ATV on
designating specific sites on the area
where the motor vehicle may be used,            private land.
                                                u When transporting guns on an ATV, guns must be unloaded and in a case
and where it may not be used. The
technician or wildlife biologist will           at all times.
                                                u It is illegal to chase or use a machine to assist in the taking of any game
provide a map of the area showing the
sites where use is permitted and bearing        animal.
the technician’s or wildlife biologist’s        *Physically handicapped persons may be eligible for a permit to operate an
signature and the date. Non-handi-              ATV on DNR lands. See “Motor Vehicle Restrictions” on this page.
capped companions of permit holders
are not covered under the conditions of         For a copy of Iowa’s ATV/Snowmobile Regulations, contact your local
the permit.                                     state conservation officer, county recorder or DNR office. The informa-
                                                tion is also posted on the DNR’s website at www.state.ia.us/dnr.

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                                   MISCELLANEOUS REGULATIONS
Regulated Harvest and Sale of                 obtained from the DNR Central Office         permit by contacting U.S. Fish and
American Ginseng                              in Des Moines. Harvesters may obtain         Wildlife Service at 612-713-5449.
     Harvest season and definitions.          a shipping certificate for $5 per certifi-
The harvest season for wild or culti-         cate from DNR weighing stations              Dog Restrictions
vated ginseng is from Sept. 1 to Oct.         around Iowa.                                       Rabies vaccination. Hunters
31, each year. “Wild ginseng” means                All permit applications and forms       bringing dogs four months of age or
ginseng that is not grown or nurtured by      are available by writing the License         older into Iowa must have in their
a person beyond planting of seed at the       Bureau, DNR, Wallace State Office            possession a health certificate verifying
site of collection. “Cultivated ginseng”      Bldg., 502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, IA        the rabies vaccination of the dog(s).
means ginseng that is artificially            50319-0034.                                        Where restricted. Dogs are
propagated and maintained under                    Violations of the administrative        prohibited on all state-owned game
controlled conditions, for example, in        rules or the code sections regulating        management areas, between March 15
intensively or intermittently prepared or     ginseng are subject to a scheduled fine      and July 15 of each year; except that
managed gardens or patches, under             of $100. In addition, any person             dog training is permitted on designated
artificial or natural shade.                  convicted of unlawfully harvesting wild      training areas. Field and retriever meets
     Permits and root retention. To           ginseng will be required to reimburse        are restricted to designated sites.
harvest wild ginseng, you must have a         the state at 150 percent of the ginseng’s          A permit must be obtained from
valid harvester’s permit which costs $10      market value.                                the DNR for field and retriever
per year. The permit is also required for                                                  meets. The permit shall show the
harvesting wild ginseng on your own land..    Taxidermy                                    exact designated site of the meet and
The application period is from May 15              A taxidermist is a person engaged       all dogs shall be confined to that site.
through Oct. 31 of each year. Harvesters      in the business of preserving or mount-            Training dogs. You need to have
with valid Iowa ginseng harvesters’           ing game, fish or furbearing animals. A      a valid hunting license to train a bird dog
permits may sell wild ginseng from Sept. 1    license is required for anyone to            on game birds, and a valid fur harvester
through March 15 of the following year.       practice taxidermy and the taxidermist       license to train a coon hound, fox hound
All state parks and preserves are closed to   must contact a DNR officer prior to          or trailing dog on any furbearing animals
the harvest of ginseng.                       operating. A licensed taxidermist may        at any time of the year, including during
     Only those ginseng plants with           possess at any time game, fish or            the closed season on such birds or
three or more true leaves (prongs) can        furbearing animals which have been           animals. The animals, when pursued to
be harvested. Harvesters with valid           lawfully taken. A taxidermist shall keep     a tree or den, shall not be further
Iowa ginseng harvester permits may            accurate records of transactions             chased or removed in any manner from
retain no more than 4 ounces of dry           showing the numbers and kinds of             the tree or den. You must have a
wild ginseng for personal consumption         specimens received for preserving, the       hunting license to train a dog on coyote
for one year beyond the expiration date       date of acquisition and the name and         or groundhog.
of the permit.                                address of the owner of the specimens.             Only a pistol, revolver or other gun
     If you cultivate ginseng you must        A taxidermy license may be revoked           shooting blank cartridges shall be used
have a grower’s permit valid for five         for good cause.                              while training dogs during closed
years from the date of issue. A                    You cannot put or leave any game,       seasons.
grower’s permit is free but must be           fish or furbearing animal in the custody           If you have a dog entered in a
renewed within 60 days of expiration.         of another person for the purpose of         licensed field trial you do not need any
     If you buy and sell wild or culti-       having taxidermy services performed          type of hunting license to participate
vated ginseng, you must have a dealer’s       unless each specimen has a tag               in the event or to exercise your dog
permit which costs $100. A dealer’s           attached which is signed by the pos-         on the area on which the field trial is
permit must be filed with the DNR at          sessor and states the address of the         to be held during the 24-hour period
least 15 days prior to the Sept. 1            possessor, the total number and species      preceding the trial.
ginseng season opening. Dealer permits        of the specimens and the date the                  Pen-raised game birds may be used and
are valid from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31        specimens were killed. All transactions,     shot in the training of bird dogs. Before any
of the following year. Dealers must           tags and specimens left in the custody       bird is released or used in the training of dogs,
keep record of their transactions and         of the taxidermist by another person         the bird must be banded with a band from
report them annually by April 15 on           shall be open to inspection by a conser-     the DNR. Contact the DNR license bu-
forms provided by the DNR.                    vation officer at any reasonable hour. A     reau at 515-281-8688.
     Shipping certificates are free to        federal permit is required for activities
ginseng growers or dealers and can be         involving migratory birds. Obtain the
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