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Hunting in Iowa: Regulations for Hunting with Dogs in Iowa

By    |   Monday, 26 Oct 2015 10:18 PM

Many hunters enjoy using dogs while hunting in Iowa. When properly trained, many dogs are often more useful than the best mobile app when it comes to locating their quarry.

Dogs have proven to be effective in hunting activities because of their keen sense of smell, one that is far superior to that of any human. Dogs are an invaluable resource in the field for those hunting in Iowa because these animals typically have more endurance, can run faster, and cover a much larger territory than a human being on foot. These qualities are particularly helpful when it comes to retrieving fallen birds and waterfowl.

Most dogs used in hunting activities are sometimes better at locating fallen prey than the hunter which makes it easier for the hunter to find animals that blend into the scenery. In addition to all of these qualities, dogs are also faithful companions that help to make the hunting trip even more rewarding just by their presence alone.

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Here are regulations that pertain to hunting with dogs according to the Department of Natural Resources Hunting and Trapping Regulations of Iowa:

1. Rabies Vaccination
Hunters who plan on using dogs that are 4 months old or older must possess a health certificate for the dog that verified rabies shots and other vaccinations.

2. Restricted Areas
It is prohibited to bring dogs on any land that is under state-owned game management between March 15 and July 15 each year. There is an exception to this rule for dogs that are being permitted to train in specific training areas for field and retriever meets. Those wishing to go hunting in Iowa with dogs must obtain a permit from the DNR which will be valid for only specific sites.

3. Training Dogs to Hunt Birds
Hunters must possess a valid hunting license and pay the habitat fee in order to train a dog to retrieve game birds. If the hunting involves waterfowl that are taken from wild habitats, the hunter must also pay the Iowa migratory bird fee and purchase a federal waterfowl stamp. Hunters can find useful information regarding specialty license application process on the DNR website.

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4. Training Dogs to Hunt Furbearers
If hunters wish to train their dogs to hunt for furbearing animals, they must first obtain a valid fur harvester license and pay a habitat fee if they wish to train coon hounds, trailing dogs, or fox hounds regardless of the time of year. In order to train a dog to hunt groundhogs or coyotes, the hunter must purchase either a hunting license or a fur harvester license in addition to paying the habitat fee.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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