Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1972, who wishes to hunt in Iowa is required to have hunter education certification before they'll be permitted to buy a hunting license. To be certified, you must take a classroom or online course, along with a field day course. Children under 11 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at every session. Children 11 and older may attend the course on their own, however, no certificate will be issued until the child reaches his or her 12th birthday. The regulations and course listings are available online.
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