Iowa

State-Specific Information

  • Point System: Iowa has a true preference point system in place. Therefore, you must have the highest number of points among all applicants in a particular unit to receive a tag.
  • License Purchase Yes/No: No
  • Party Applications: Up to 15 applicants may apply together.
  • Hunter’s Safety Card Requirement: Anyone born after January 1, 1972 must have a hunter’s safety card to apply and in their possession while afield. If this is your first time applying in Iowa and you were born after this date, you must register this card before applying. WTA TAGS will handle this on your behalf. We must have a copy of your hunter’s safety card in our possession at least 10 days before the state application deadline.
  • Youth: A child of any age can apply for a deer tag in Iowa as long as he/she has a valid hunter’s safety card.

Point System

  • Point System: Iowa has a true preference point system in place. Therefore, you must have the highest number of points among all applicants in a particular unit to receive a tag.

Featured Hunts

Iowa Whitetail Hunting

Iowa Whitetail Hunting About a hundred miles southwest of Des Moines, Iowa lies the tiny little town of Brooks. This middle-of-nowhere location holds some of the biggest whitetail deer in the state … in the country! WTA TAGS has teamed-up with a very professionally run outfit who controls thousands of unpressured acres in this prime location. This family-run operation is a true joy to spend your hunting vacation with. Their attention to detail is spot-on and their newly constructed lodge and wonderful home cooked meals round out this wonderful experience. For those looking for a solid 150 class whitetail hunt, with a very legitimate probability of harvesting a world-class giant, this experience will not disappoint. If you have built your three preference points in Iowa, it’s time to cash in for your archery tag. Bowhunting the November rut in the state of Iowa is pretty tough to beat, especially on the high-quality, private ground leased by this operation. Outfitter #034

RATES: $4,250 - Archery hunts 6 days. Gun hunts 5 days.

Afton, Iowa Whitetails

Iowa is arguably the #1 state in the U.S. for trophy whitetail hunting. Its limited-draw for its non-resident deer licenses is a major factor in this state’s high trophy producing potential. Name another state that takes, on average, 3 preference points (hunting in year 4) to archery hunt the November rut. These IA camps just don’t have the hunter numbers you’ll see in other midwestern states. WTA TAGS recently visited one such outfitter located near Afton, IA – a mecca for world-class whitetail hunting. The amount of quality deer ground in relation to the low hunting pressure made this experience a real pleasure. This is truly a high-quality situation that you should experience for yourself. Don’t waste your hard earned preference points on an average hunt. This outfitter has it all – some of the very best whitetail country available, extremely knowledgeable & hospitable guides, as well as nice accommodations & meals. Outfitter #243

RATES: $4,750 - Archery hunts 6 days. Gun hunts 5 days.


  • TAGS Application Deadline: May 28, 2018
  • State Deadline: June 3, 2018

Hunter safety card submission to WTA: May 22, 2018


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Outfitter #243
Starting At - $4,750

Iowa is arguably the #1 state in the U.S. for trophy whitetail hunting. It's limited-draw for its non-resident deer licenses and that's a major factor in this state&...

Trip Details
  • Iowa Species
  • State Tag Fee
  • Total Due to WTA TAGS to Apply
    • Whitetail
    • $493
    • $134.34
    • Preference Point Only
    • $85.87