Iowa Expands Legal Deer Hunting Calibers

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources announced on November 14th they will now allow  hunters to use certain pistol cartridges in rifles designed for those rounds.  The cartridges are permitted during the Youth, Disabled, and Shotgun seasons.  Iowa DNR wants hunters who are sensitive to recoil to have this option in order to increase their hunting opportunities.

Approved cartridges must have straight-wall cases, either rimmed, or rim-less.  Here's the current list published in Iowa DNR's deer hunting regulations.
  • .357 Magnum, 
  • .357 Maximum
  • .375 Winchester
  • .38 Super
  • .40 S&W
  • .401 Powermag
  • 10 mm Auto
  • .41 Remington Magnum
  • .41 Action Express
  • .44 S&W Special
  • .44 Remington Magnum
  • .44 Automag
  • .444 Marlin
  • .445 Super Mag
  • .45 ACP
  • .45 Colt
  • .45 Super Mag
  • .45 Winchester Magnum
  • .45 Silhouette
  • .450 Bushmaster
  • .451 Detonics
  • .454 Casull
  • .45-70 Govt.
  • .460 Rowland
  • .460 S&W Mag
  • .475 Widley Magnum
  • .475 Linebaugh
  • .480 Ruger
  • .50 Action Express
  • .50 Linebaugh
  • .50 Beowulf
  • .500 S&W Mag.
Other cartridges are allowed if they meet specific technical criteria.  For more information, refer to Iowa DNR's deer hunting regulations available on their web site, or contact them directly.