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Iowa has state public hunting areas and wildlife management areas.

  • Unless posted otherwise, you may not hunt in:
    • Railroad right-of-ways
    • Waterfowl refuges
    • Wildlife refuges
  • Be sure to check the Iowa DNR website for the most current information on specific areas and counties with restrictions before you go hunting.
  • Some private landowners participate in the Iowa Hunting and Access (IHAP) program, which makes about 7,000 acres of private lands available for public hunting.
    • Walk-in public hunting through IHAP is available between September 1 and May 31 each year.
    • For IHAP hunting tips and maps, go to the Iowa IHAP webpage.
  • For more information about places to shoot and hunt, visit the Iowa DNR website.
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