The following information and links have been reposted from the Iowa DNR website to assist you in obtaining the information you need to purchase and utilize your Malloy Gamebirds and refer to laws and regulations in Iowa only. It is YOUR responsibility to know the laws in your state. We will do our best to keep up with changes, but please refer to the Iowa DNR website for the most up-to-date information or clarifications. Please let us know if you find something needs to be updated.
You need to have a valid Hunting License and have paid the Habitat Fee to train a bird dog on game birds per Iowa Code 481A.56.
Pen-raised game birds may be used and shot in the training of bird dogs. Before any bird is released or used in the training of dogs, the bird must be banded with a band from the DNR. Contact the DNR at 515-281-5918.
Dogs are prohibited on all state-owned game management areas, between March 15 and July 15 of each year; except that dog training is permitted on designated training areas. Only a pistol, revolver or other gun shooting blank cartridges shall be used while training dogs during closed seasons. See section titled “Dog Restrictions” on page 43, in the current hunting regulations for more detailed information.
Field Trial Events
Field and retriever meets are restricted to designated sites. A permit must be obtained from the DNR for field and retriever meets. The permit shall show the exact designated site of the meet and all dogs shall be confined to that site per Iowa Code 481A.22.
Visit the Iowa Special Events website to schedule a field trial event or view scheduled trials on public lands.
If you have a dog entered in a licensed field trial you do not need any type of Hunting License to participate in the event or to exercise your dog on the area on which the field trial is to be held during the 24-hour period preceding the trial. See section titled “Dog Restrictions” on page 43, in the current hunting regulations for more detailed information.