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Iowa 2021 Spring Turkey Hunting Season Opens Statewide April 12

Submitted by:  TBC Press
Posted on: 03/26/21
News # 14297
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For more information:see Spring Turkey regulations

Iowa DNR wants to encourage hunters to Include safety as part of the spring turkey hunting preparation.  Be aware of what’s around you. Even if you’re on private property, there could be other hunters out there who are coming to your call. Remember, turkey hunters are skilled in the art of concealment. Don’t shoot at movement; don’t shoot at sound; no turkey’s worth it. I encourage hunters to only shoot after they see the turkey’s beard and have a safe backstop,” said Megan Wisecup, hunter education administrator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Being safe is important because the people we hunt with are our family and close friends.”

Hunters who do shoot a turkey are encouraged to not carry it over their shoulder to avoid someone mistaking it for a live bird and take a shot. Wisecup suggested hunters use a blaze orange turkey transport harvest bag.

Practicing safe hunting becomes more crucial as the annual spring leaf out progresses.

“The later it gets in May, the harder it is to see. Hunters need to stay vigilant to identify the bird and the beard,” she said.   


Publishers Notes: Our country is still battling COVID-19. To avoid the spread of this virus and continue to enjoy outdoor activities, ALL outdoor enthusiasts (man, woman, child) should follow the guidelines set by These guidelines include; social distancing, the Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy.
Iowa 2021 Spring Turkey Hunting Season opens statewide April 12. Youth Season (Residents Only) April 9-11. The daily bag and season possession limit is one bearded or male wild turkey for each valid license and transportation tag issued to the hunter. Shooting hours are a half-hour before sunrise to sunset. 

2021 Spring Turkey Hunting Seasons -  Combination Gun/Bow Licenses
  •  Youth Season (Residents Only) April 9-11
  •  Season 1 April 12-15
  •  Season 2 April 16-20
  •  Season 3 April 21-27
  •  Season 4 April 28-May 16
  •  Resident Archery-only Licenses: April 12 - May 16, 2021