The Long-Term Deer Management Plan adopted by City Council and submitted to the Iowa Natural Resources Commission, includes a bow hunt in years 2020 – 2024.

2022 – 2023 Bow Hunt Season

Iowa City’s 2022 – 2023 bow hunt season will begin on September 17, 2022 and end on January 10, 2023.

Hunters - How to Apply

Information and applications materials for the 2022-2023 Urban Bow Hunt are available for download below or may be picked up seven days a week from the front desk at the Iowa City Police Department (410 E. Washington Street). Applications are due by 5pm on October 21, 2022. All application materials must be e-mailed to or dropped off at the Police Department.

Property Owners - How to Participate

Property owners who are interested in providing land for hunters to use may contact the Hunt Coordinator Lt. Zach Diersen at Property owners will still be required to sign off on the required forms for the hunters who are interested in hunting on their property.

Hunting Rules

Bow Hunt Program Application Instructions, Rules, and Information

Bow Hunt Program Forms and Documents 

Please review the hunt rules and application instructions before completing and returning any forms. 

Note: If you are completing the digital application, you must use your system's PDF viewer in order to use digital signature certification.

Previous Bow Hunt Seasons

Deer Hunt Coordinator: Lt. Zach Diersen

City Government