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Hunting in Iowa: 6 Things for Landowners to Know About Hunting on Private Property

By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 04:17 PM

Hunting is one of Iowa’s most popular pastimes. According to The Gazette, between 150,000 and 200,000 hunting licenses are issued in Iowa each year. Counterintuitively, Iowa’s Department of National Resources admits that Iowa is ranked 49th out of 50 states concerning how much public land is accessible to hunters.

The current meager amount of public land that is open for hunting cannot supply the huge demand for land on which to hunt. This frustrating situation has resulted in habitats becoming more stressed and animal populations dropping significantly. As a result of these combined factors, the number of registered hunters in Iowa decreases each year.

The state government is trying to counteract this trend by opening the Iowa Habitat and Access Program, which offers incentives to private landowners in exchange for opening their lands up to hunters.

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So far the program has been very successful; IHAP’s 2011 pilot year saw over 1,366 acres of private land registered for public walk-on hunters.

Whether you are interested in becoming part of the IHAP program, or are just interested in how to properly hunt on your own land, here are six tips for all landowners to know about hunting on private property:

1. You need a license to hunt on your own property. Find forms and directions at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website.

2. IHAP distributes funding to landowners to improve habitats in exchange for enrolling their land in the IHAP program.

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3. Enrollment in the IHAP means that between Sept. 1st and May 1st the designated sections of a landowner’s private land will be open to walk-on public hunting access.

4. To participate in the IHAP program, contact your regional private land’s biologist. Find your local biologist on this map.

5. IHAP contracts for landowners vary between three and 10 years long.

6. IHAP allows only hunting. All other recreational activities such as fishing are up to the landowner to allow or prohibit.

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

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Hunting is one of Iowa's most popular pastimes. According to The Gazette, between 150,000 and 200,000 hunting licenses are issued in Iowa each year.
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