DNR ends year-long campaign
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has capped its year-long campaign introducing several new hunting and fishing licenses.
According to the DNR, Iowans purchased more than 68,000 of the new licenses during the last 12 months.
As part of the promotion, the DNR hosted a weekly drawing of $50 gift cards donated by Iowa retailers; any Iowan purchasing a qualifying license was eligible for one of 37 gift cards from April through the end of December.
“We greatly appreciate the partnership of license retailers from all across Iowa that participated and helped make the new license offerings successful,” said DNR Director Chuck Gipp.
The number of new hunting and fishing licenses sold last year between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 included:
• 16,439 Angler’s Specials, which are three-year fishing licenses;
• 6,356 Hunter’s Specials, which are three-year hunting licenses;
• 6,388 Bonus Line Licenses, which are licenses to fish with one additional line; the regular fishing license allows two; and
• 38,975 Outdoor Combo Licenses, which are hunting, fishing and habitat stamp combination licenses.
The Iowa DNR introduced the new licenses after surveying hunters and anglers to find what license offerings most interested them. The new licenses provide convenience by bundling several privileges into one purchase or by offering the opportunity to purchase for three years instead of just one.
“We plan to continue to look for ways to provide value and customer service to our hunters and anglers, who are supporting Iowa’s natural resources through their license dollars,” Gipp said.