Iowa offers new hunting and fishing licenses for veterans
Veterans who live in Iowa and served on federal active duty can now apply for a new type of hunting and fishing license. The Armed Forces Hunting and Fishing licenses are available for $7 each and are valid for one year from the date of purchase.
The licenses allow veterans to hunt deer, turkey, small game, migratory birds, and fur-bearing animals, as well as fish for any species in Iowa waters. The licenses also include the habitat fee, which is normally required for hunting and fishing in Iowa.
To qualify for the licenses, veterans must provide proof of residency and proof of service. Proof of service can include a DD Form 214, a military ID card, or a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans can apply for the licenses online, by mail, or in person at any Iowa Department of Natural Resources office.
The licenses are part of a bill that was passed by the Iowa Legislature and signed by Governor Kim Reynolds in 2022. The bill was intended to honor and thank veterans for their service and sacrifice.
“We are proud to offer these new licenses to our veterans who have given so much to our country,” said DNR Director Kayla Lyon. “We hope these licenses will encourage more veterans to enjoy Iowa’s natural resources and outdoor recreation opportunities.”