Iowa Hunters Can Pursue Raccoons Year-Round

The Iowa DNR and Legislature changed rules to allow hunters, trappers and landowners to pursue raccoons year-round, with some restrictions.

Iowa Hunters Can Pursue Raccoons Year-Round

Iowa hunters, trappers and landowners are now allowed to pursue raccoons year-round. Photo: Corsi

Iowa hunters and landowners can pursue raccoons year-round following approval of a bill by state legislators. Landowners or tenants can kill raccoons causing damage to agricultural property, outside of the city limits, or shoot or trap raccoons using cage or dog-proof traps. A license is not required and landowners do not need to notify the DNR before shooting or trapping.

The new rules were developed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and approved by the Natural Resource Commission of the Iowa DNR.

A second rule change allows for year-round hunting and trapping of raccoons on private land. While the raccoon season will be continuously open, during the time of year outside of the furharvester season, only firearms, cage traps or dog-proof traps are legal methods of take. During the furharvester season, trappers may use other lawful traps normally allowed during the trapping season.

Hunters or trappers pursuing raccoons on private land they do not own are required to have a valid furharvester license. The new raccoon rules are currently in effect.


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