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Hunting in Iowa: 4 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Your Kids

By    |   Monday, 26 Oct 2015 04:56 PM

People who plan to take their kids hunting in Iowa should review the rules and regulations, not only for themselves, but also for any kids who want to hunt. Knowing what is required to obtain a hunting permit ensures that parents and kids are prepared so that they can enjoy all the hunting opportunities that Iowa has to offer.

Here are four things to know before applying for a hunting permit for your kids.

1. Hunter Safety Education
Any person who was born after Jan. 1, 1972, and who plans to hunt in Iowa needs to have taken a hunter safety education course before they can be issued a permit, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Iowa honors hunter safety education certificates from other states as long as the educational course involves a minimum of 10 class hours. Kids must also be at least 12 years old to receive a hunting permit; however they can take their hunter safety education course at age 11. The course is typically free and covers a wide range of topics that include outdoor ethics, wildlife identification, water safety, firearm/archery safety, basic survival and first aid skills, and individual safety among other skills.

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2. Hunting Licenses
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources offers those hunting in Iowa a quick and convenient way to obtain their hunting license through an online system. Hunters are able to register and purchase their hunting licenses online while also obtaining information on off-highway vehicle registration renewals, recreational privileges, and permits.

3. Hunting Regulations
Regulations for adults and kids hunting in Iowa are available on the DNR website. This website covers a range of hunting information on turkey, deer goose, duck, dove, pheasant, turkey, and other small game. Hunters can even download and print the hunting regulations card for quick access to information concerning season dates and bag limits.

4. Nonresident Hunting Application
People who wish to buy deer tags for themselves and their kids can submit an application in person to a local DNR office or they may apply online. Applications for deer tags are accepted on the first Saturday in May through the first Sunday in June. Hunters must first obtain a habitat stamp and a hunting license in order to apply for tags. Hunter safety certifications must be on file and can be added to the personal account. Parents who wish to go hunting in Iowa need to purchase these items in the following order; habitat stamp, hunting license, and deer tags for the season and zone desired.

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