OUTDOORS: Report deer harvest

DES MOINES — The deer is down, tagged and on its way to the truck. But the harvest is not complete until the deer is registered; either online, over the phone or at a license vendor.

Online, it takes just a couple minutes. Go to and click on the orange “Report Your Harvest Online” bar in the middle of the page. From there, scroll down and follow instructions. Be ready to enter your tag’s nine-digit harvest report number.

By phone? Call 800-771-4692.

The deer should be reported by the hunter whose name is on the tag, and it must come before midnight, the day after the deer is tagged.

Reporting your harvest is important because harvest numbers are used to manage Iowa’s deer herd annually and it is required by law, explained the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.