Spring Turkey Hunting

From early April through mid-May, join the hunt for spring turkeys. The resources below, compiled by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will get you started.

Photo courtesy the Iowa DNR & Lowell Washburn

Hunter Education Courses
There are a few ways to tackle Iowa's mandatory Hunter Education Course.
  • Classroom Version - You can search for courses near you on the Iowa DNR website.
  • Online Course & Field Day - This option combines a user-friendly online format and a hands-on field day. Take the online course and then register for a field day on the Iowa DNR website.
  • All Online Version - This option is only available to Iowa residents who are 18 or older. Links to the online courses are on the Iowa DNR website.

Hunting Licenses
Find a license vendor in your area. Many sporting good stores, grocery stores and general merchandise stores can sell hunting licenses. You can also purchase licenses online.

Find a Hunting Ground
Determining where to hunt is simple! The Iowa DNR has an online hunting atlas that highlights all of the public hunting areas in the state. The DNR also works with private landowners to open their property to public hunting. Find these areas here.

Find a Hunting Mentor
A great way to learn more about turkey hunting in Iowa is through a non-profit conservation group like the National Wild Turkey Foundation. The chapter volunteers are passionate conservationists dedicated to sharing their outdoor traditions.

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