DNR Proposing Increase In Hunting, Fishing Licenses & Fees; Agency Will Hold Local Public Input Session

Thu 8-2-2018

(Des Moines)-- The cost of hunting and fishing licenses in Iowa may be about to go up.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is proposing to increase annual residents hunting and fishing licenses to $ increase of $3. DNR officials say the proposed increase does not include the vendor or convenience fee that pays license sales vendors and for the license sales system that is added to the transaction.

The proposed fee schedule for all hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and habitat fee is available at

Officials say it would be the first increase in the price of an individual resident hunting license since 2002 and of an annual fishing license since 2004.

If approved the new fee schedule would go in effect when 2019 licenses go on sale on December 15th.

The Iowa Legislature had the authority to set hunting and fishing licenses until this year, when the Legislature passed a bill that was signed by the Governor transferring that authority to the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resource Commission. Any proposed fee increase would be subject to review by the five member bipartisan Administrative Rules Review Committee before enactment.

The DNR will hold a listening session on the proposed fee increases Tuesday, August 21st from 12 Noon until 2:00 pm at the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery. Comments may also be submitted by email to