Deer Hunting at Mines of Spain:
Archery Season 2017-2018 Season
Early Split Oct. 1-Dec. 2 Aug. 15 – End of Season
Late Split Dec. 18 – Jan. 10, 2018
Shotgun 2017 Season
Season 1 Dec. 2-6
Season 2 Dec. 9-17
2018 SPRING TURKEY HUNTING SEASON DATES
Combination Gun/Bow Licenses
Youth Season (Residents Only) April 7-15
Season 1 April 16-19 Gun/Bow
Season 2 April 20-24 Bow only
Season 3 April 25-May 1 Bow only
Season 4 May 2-20 Bow only
Resident Archery-only Licenses: April 16-May 20
Download the 2017 Deer Hunting map of Mines of Spain: Deer Hunting Map and Brochure 2017-2018
It is requested that all hunters report taking a deer at the Mines of Spain. Park Office – 563-556-0620 Include sex, location in park, number in hunting party and date with time of day
All other hunting seasons are closed in the Mines of Spain – hunting prohibited
Rifles, handguns and muzzle loader guns ARE PROHIBITED in the park at all times
Be respectful of other park visitors.
Hunters should refrain from using hiking or ski trails to avoid non-hunters.
Non-hunters should avoid going off trail to avoid hunters
All park users should practice LEAVE NO TRACE, Do Not Litter, and Do Not cut trees or brush, Leave area as you found it or better.
Screw in steps and permanent blinds or stands are illegal and will be removed by park staff.
Rules and Regulations
Deer hunting is available at the Mines of Spain
Recreation Area. Seasons are limited to the
two regular archery seasons and the two
regular December shotgun seasons. All other
seasons are closed to hunting in the park.
Shotgun use is only allowed during the
December seasons. All other forms of firearms
Deer stands, steps, and blinds can be
temporary only. Any permanent blinds, screw
in steps or the like will be removed by park
staff. All stands and blinds must be removed within
7 days after the season and cannot be put up
until 7 days before the season.
Any stands or blinds left up during the season
can be used by any visitor to the park.
Other game may be taken during the approved
deer seasons, but must be taken with the
approved weapon for that season
Trees, limbs, brush or similar cannot be cut or
trimmed for hunting. All vegetation must
Hunting may occur from ½ hour before sunrise
and ½ hour after sunset.
Hunters must wear blaze orange that is visible
at 360 degrees from all view points.
A regular Iowa License and Deer Permit are
required by all persons participating in
It is illegal for anyone to harass or interfere
It is illegal to remove stands or blinds, except
by DNR staff.
It is requested that all hunters report
taking a deer at the Mines of Spain.
Park Office – 563-556-0620
Include sex, location in park, number
in hunting party and date with time of
The Mines of Spain Recreation Area is located
south of Dubuque, Iowa. The park is situated
along the Mississippi River and is here for
many uses and for all to use and enjoy.
Hikers, hunters, skiers and other outdoor users
will be out in the park for a variety of reasons.
All visitors in the park should respect the use of
others. The park is here for everyone to use,
but consider the following safety suggestions.
Those not hunting should consider alternate
locations if hunters are visible.
Those hunting should consider alternate
hunting areas if hikers etc are known to be in
Non-hunters like hunters should wear orange
apparel that is visible at 360 degrees. Hunters
during shotgun season are required to.
Leave a note on your vehicle that you are
hunting or hiking/skiing/other.
All dogs are required to be on leash at all
times, but have pets wear orange during
Hunters consider not using trails. Select
another way to the hunting spot
Non -hunters consider staying on trails and not
venturing off trail.
Leave the park as you found it or better –
LEAVE NO TRACE.
Call park office or 911 of illegal activity.
Remember – you are not the only person in
the park. BE ALERT.