Iowa

Iowa may be known for its cornfields and wrestling, but don’t let that fool you – the Hawkeye State is a hidden gem for hunters and anglers. The rolling hills, rivers, and lakes of Iowa offer a wide variety of game and fish species, making it a prime destination for any outdoor enthusiast. Anglers in Iowa can cast a line for a variety of popular fish, including brown trout, bass, walleye, and catfish. From the mighty Mississippi River to the clear waters of the Iowa Great Lakes, the state’s many waterways offer something for every type of fisherman. Hunters in Iowa can pursue world class white-tailed deer, turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl hunting opportunities in its vast woodlands, prairies, and wetlands. The state’s hunting culture runs deep, with generations of Iowans passing down their love of the hunt from one generation to the next.

For more information on the elected officials protecting and promoting the sportsmen’s traditions in Iowa, please contact:


Iowa State Caucus Fact Sheet

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus

Senator Joni Ernst
Representative Randy Feenstra
Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks

Iowa Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus Member

Governor Kim Reynolds

Iowa Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Leadership

Senator Eric Giddens
Senator Chris Cournoyer
Representative Steven Bradley

News Alerts

May 15 2023 Legislative Recap for the Hawkeye State

Why It Matters: The legislative session in Iowa provided no shortage of legislation that...

Feb 27 2023 Proposed Right to Hunt, Fish, and Trap Constitutional Amendment on the Move in Iowa

Why It Matters: As efforts to undermine the ability of sportsmen and women continue...

Feb 13 2023 Action Packed Sessions Continue Across Lower Midwest

Why It Matters: As state legislatures continue to consider a variety of legislation across...

Feb 06 2023 Airbows Continue to be a Hot Topic Across the Lower Midwest

Why It Matters: Airbows continue to gain popularity among deer hunters across the nation....

Jan 09 2023 New Year, New Technologies Available for Midwestern Hunters

Highlights: Striking the balance between technology and conservation is critical to ensure that hunting...

Sep 26 2022 Iowa Natural Resources Commission Works to Update Regulations as Fall Turkey Season Approaches

Why It Matters: Though we should always strive to maintain the fair chase ethic...

Mar 01 2021 Senate Committee Joins Push for Right to Hunt, Fish, and Trap Constitutional Amendment in Iowa

Contact: Kent Keene, Senior Coordinator, Lower Midwestern States and Agriculture PolicyOn February 23, Iowa’s Senate...

Jan 25 2021 What’s the Deal with Using Dogs to Recover Deer in Iowa?

Contact: Kent Keene, Lower Midwestern States CoordinatorFollowing the passage of House File 2455 (HF...

Sep 14 2020 Pheasant Season Outlook Looking Good Throughout Parts of the Midwest

Contacts: Nick Buggia, Upper Midwestern States Manager, and Kent Keene, Lower Midwestern States CoordinatorUpland...

Jun 15 2020 Iowa: Legislature Passes Several Sportsmen’s Bill upon Returning to Session

Contact: Kent Keene, Lower Midwestern States CoordinatorThough the Iowa State Legislature was suspended for...

May 26 2020 Midwest: 2020 Regional Legislative Update

Contacts: Nick Buggia, Upper Midwestern States Manager; Kent Keene, Lower Midwestern States Coordinator Since...

May 04 2020 Iowa: SF Provides Comments in Support of Proposed Amendments to Furbearer Regulations

Contact: Kent Keene, Lower Midwestern States Coordinator On April 28, the Iowa Natural Resource...

Mar 23 2020 Iowa: Range Protection Bill Continues to Progress through Legislature

Contact: Kent Keene, Lower Midwestern States CoordinatorOn March 9, the Iowa Senate Committee on...

Mar 23 2020 Iowa: Bill to Extend Hunting and Fishing License Resident Status for Members of the Armed Forces Passes Both Chambers

Contact: Kent Keene, Lower Midwestern States CoordinatorOn March 5, the Iowa House of Representatives...

Mar 16 2020 Iowa: CSF Encourages Legislators to Pass Important Disease Management Bill to Control the Spread of CWD

Contact: Kent Keene, Lower Midwestern States CoordinatorOn March 10, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s (CSF)...

Feb 10 2020 Iowa: Bill Introduced to Fund Natural Resource and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund

Contact: Kent Keene, Lower Midwestern States CoordinatorOn February 5, the Iowa Senate Ways and...

Apr 20 2018 Iowa: Caucus Hosts Day at the Range

By Joel Hodgdon, Central Midwestern States CoordinatorOn April 16, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) Central...

Feb 16 2018 Iowa: Caucus Hosts Breakfast in the Capitol, Welcomes New Co-Chairs

On February 13, members of the Iowa Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted a sportsmen’s breakfast...

Sep 28 2017 Iowa: Governor Kim Reynolds Joins Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus

On September 22, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds became the 36th member of the Governors...

Sep 21 2017 Iowa, Nebraska Governors Host National Hunting & Fishing Day Proclamation Signing Ceremonies

On September 20, Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) member Governor Pete Ricketts hosted a proclamation...

Jul 13 2017 Iowa: Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Hosts Policy Forum on 2018 Farm Bill

On July 10, state legislators from across the Midwest came together with representatives from...

Apr 13 2017 Iowa: License Fee Bump to Support Professional Fish and Wildlife Management in House Committee

An important piece of legislation, Iowa H 574, is currently in the House Ways...

Mar 16 2017 Iowa: Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Panel on Conservation Funding, Luncheon

On March 14, the Iowa Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted a luncheon and panel discussion...

Jul 18 2016 Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus Members Discuss Sporting Heritage at NGA Summer Meeting

On July 15, members of the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (GSC) gathered in Des Moines,...

Apr 07 2016 Iowa: Governor Signs Legislation Advancing Sportsmen and Women’s Interests

Last week, Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus former Co-Chair and current member Governor Terry Branstad (IA)...

Mar 24 2016 Iowa: Suppressor Bill Sent to Governor

Recently, the Iowa Legislature passed HF 2279 – a bill legalizing the ownership of...

Apr 16 2015 Iowa Expands Apprentice Hunting Opportunity

On April 8, Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) Co-Chair, Governor Terry Branstad signed SB 392,...

Apr 02 2015 Governor Branstad Signs First Statewide Hunting and Fishing Day Proclamation of 2015

Governor Terry Branstad (IA), Co-Chair of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) since 2014, has...

Feb 26 2015 Iowa Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Habitat & Heritage Luncheon

On February 18, the Iowa Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus welcomed national and state-based sportsmen’s group...

May 11 2012 Governor Terry Branstad Takes Action on Behalf of Iowa Hunters

Click here to download a PDF of this article.May 11, 2012 - Governor Terry...

Latest policy updates

Many sportsmen and women depend on federal lands managed by agencies such...

In recent years, Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) use has increased rapidly across...

Introduction Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a progressive, fatal, degenerative neurological disease...

In addition to the American System of Conservation Funding, some states have...

One important tool for protecting fish and wildlife habitat is a state-level...

Properly managed wildlife habitat is essential for supporting sustainable and healthy wildlife...

Preemption is the process where a higher level of government revokes the...

Coming soon Introduction The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA)...

Shooting ranges have a long tradition of service to a wide variety...

In an attempt to encourage novice hunter participation, many states now offer...

Several states have passed legislation that allows non-resident, full-time college students to...

In an effort to improve the quality of young people’s lives, several...

The vast majority of states throughout the nation offer an online component...

Many state legislatures have enacted legislation to afford senior citizens, veterans, and...

Reports and Data

Jan 01 2022 Iowa: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

Iowa: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

Jan 01 2013 2013 Sportsmen's Economic Impact Report - Iowa

2013 Sportsmen’s Economic Impact Report - Iowa

Jan 01 2007 2006 Economic Impact Report — Iowa

Iowa’s sportsmen and women annually spend more than the combined cash receipts for dairy...

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