Iowa is a preference point-based draw and tags are limited with only so many tags awarded each year. The application period with the Iowa DNR is approximately from May 1 to June 1 and results of the draw are usually posted by the beginning to mid-July. Timberghost has absolutely NO CONTROL over who will or will not draw tags. We have a long history of helping hunters with the application process to get points and enter for a tag. If you apply for a tag and do not draw, the DNR will refund all money except the cost of a preference point and their “convenience fee”. It would be as if you bought a point for that year.
In May 2016, preference points cost $55.87 and a tag/license cost $567.34, including the DNR fees. These are purchased directly through the Iowa DNR during the application process. Prices are subject to change.
We usually submit most of our hunters’ applications as a helpful service to you. We do not charge anything to do this as we simply want to help make it one less thing for you to remember to do as there is only a limited time frame for the application period every year.
Also take note, especially in a time where you constantly hear of identity theft, the DNR will ask for some very personal information the first time you apply in the state of Iowa, including your social security number, birthdate, eye color, address, etc. While we have never had any issues or problems with this and do our best to keep this information private, it is something you should be aware of when emailing or texting information to us for your application. Once you have been entered into the DNR system you will obtain a DNR identification number. Future applications will only require updated contact information, birthdate and DNR number.
You can log on to your page at any time during the year to see your information, application status, purchases etc, with your social security number or DNR number and birthdate. If you prefer to submit your own application, go to www.iowadnr.gov and find the online portal under hunting and fishing. They usually have a convenient link on the home page.
You can create your own customer profile on the site. You can do this anytime throughout the year. However, you will only be able to enter the draw during the application period which is published approximately a month before May. You can also create a profile and provide us with your birthdate and Iowa DNR number. With that information we can handle future applications from that point forward if you would like to keep your social security number private. You can look and print out the “Free-Range Application” on our website, or we can email it to you, to get more of an idea what we will need to submit your application.
Gun hunters typically take 2 years to draw a license while archery hunters normally require 3-4 years to draw a tag. Upon booking, we will send you an application that we submit to the Iowa DNR for a preference point or license/tag depending on the year of your scheduled hunt. Each year you apply we will bill out a $500 deposit to keep your dates secure and submit your application. The deposit does not cover license fees that will be charged by the state of Iowa. All deposits received will be applied to your hunt cost the year you successfully draw a tag and successful applicants will be required to pay half of the remaining balance of their hunt cost upon successfully drawing a tag with the balance due 60 days prior to your hunt dates. All deposits are non-refundable.
**If you were born after January 1, 1972 and do not have a hunter safety certificate on file we will need a copy sent in with your application to complete the process.