Iowa Draw Opens May 2016
Last Updated: 16-Mar-2017 02:41 AM
NONRESIDENT DEER APPLICATION OPENS THIS WEEKEND SATURDAY MAY 7TH 6AM CST
Nonresidents may apply for a 2016 Iowa deer hunting license beginning 6 a.m. CST on Saturday, May 7th. The application period runs through midnight on Sunday, June 5th, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to visit Iowa’s nonresident hunting page to view the application guide, season dates, zone map, drawing statistics and pricing information before submitting their application.
Hunters may apply online or by calling toll free at 1-800-367-1188. Application results will be available online at www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/NonresidentHunting the first or second week in July.
PREFERENCE POINTS ON SALE
Hunters who choose not to apply for a 2016 nonresident deer license are eligible to purchase a preference point to increase their odds in future drawings. Preference points are $50 each, plus application fees. Points are only sold during the May 7th-June 2nd application period and the limit is one point per hunter per year. If you have purchased preference points in the past, you can log into your online account to see the number of points on your record.
Remember, all of the Hunt Club properties are located in the famous VanBuren County Zone 6.
KEY NOTES TO CONSIDER
It takes an average of 3 points to draw an archery tag. So, you should draw a zone 6 archery tag every third year.
Your chances of drawing a shot gun or muzzle loader tag are better than 80% every year. Most members book a gun hunt first to get a feel of the properties and quality of game before banking points for an archery hunt. If you are hunting with a buddy or group, you can apply as such so that if one draws, you all draw and visa versa.