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Iowa Youth Deer Season Opens Saturday

Around 10,000 young hunters are expected to participate in Iowa’s youth deer season that opens Saturday.

The youth season is designed as a mentor-styled hunt, matching young hunters with a licensed adult to teach proper deer hunting techniques, wildlife behavior, and safe hunting practices. Youth season coincides with the disabled hunter seer season. Each season runs through October 3rd.

Each youth must be under direct supervision of an adult mentor with a valid license and habitat fee, if one is required.

In 2020, hunters purchased nearly 12,000 licenses for the youth season and reported harvesting more than 5,200 deer. An unfilled youth season tag may be used during any subsequent deer season.


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