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owa Outdoors Brett Reece, Conservation Officer

January 18, 2013
Northern-Sun Print
All 2012 Iowa hunting and fishing licenses expired on Jan. 10, 2013. All hunters and anglers will need a 2013 license to hunt or fish beginning Jan. 11.  Hunters and anglers have new licenses from which to choose in 2013 offering time saving convenience of purchasing a bundled license, lessens the worry about expiring every year and expands fishing opportunities with a new third line option.  The new license options include Outdoor Combo Licenses, annual resident hunting/fishing/habitat combo license for $47; Angler’s Specials – a three-year fishing license (for 2013 license purchases, it will expire Jan. 10, 2016) for $53; Bonus Line Licenses – allowing resident and nonresident anglers to fish with one additional line (the regular fishing license allows two), for $12; and Hunter’s Specials – a three-year hunting license with habitat included (for 2013 license purchases, it will expire Jan. 10, 2016) for $86. These new license offerings were developed based on results from a license buyer survey that helped the DNR identify customer needs.  Iowa hunting and fishing license fees remain unchanged for 2013. The last increase for a hunting license was in 2002, and for fishing license was 2003. Vendor fees were increased and passed on to the license buyer in 2010 to help offset the cost of developing the second generation electronic license system for Iowa. Iowa’s pheasant, late muzzleloader and archery deer, and fall turkey seasons closed on Jan. 10.  The January antlerless deer season is Jan. 11 to 20. Furbearer seasons, squirrel, quail, partridge and grouse remain open until Jan. 31. Rabbit season is open until Feb. 28. Crow season is Jan. 14 to March 31. Pigeon season closes on March 31. Beaver trapping season closes on April 15. For waterfowl in the south zone, the Canada goose season closed Jan. 11 and the light goose season closes Jan. 18. In the Missouri River zone, the Canada goose season and light goose season both close Jan. 18. The light goose season in the north zone closed Jan. 13. The light goose conservation order season is open Jan. 19 to April 15 statewide; additional licenses and fees apply.


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