Small Game Seasons
2017-18 Small Game & Upland Seasons
Pheasant (Youth) Oct 21 - 22
Pheasant Oct 28 - Jan 10
Bobwhite Quail Oct 28 - Jan 31
Gray Partridge Oct 14 - Jan 31
Ruffed Grouse Oct 7 - Jan 31
Rabbit (Cottontail) Sept 2 - Feb 28
Rabbit (Jack) Closed
Squirrel (Fox & Gray) Sept 2 - Jan 31
Groundhog Continuous Open
Crow Oct 15 - Nov 30
Jan 14 - Mar 31
Pigeon Continuous Open
Coyote Continuous Open

Hunting & Trapping Regulations

Hunting Atlas

The Hunting Atlas is an interactive map that features more than 600,000 acres of public hunting land that is owned by the state, county or federal governments.

Hunting Atlas


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Deer Hunting Seasons

Successful Hunters: Report your deer harvest online or by calling 1-800-771-4692

2017-18 Deer Seasons
Youth5 Sept 16 - Oct 1
Disabled
Hunter1
Sept 16 - Oct 1
Bow6 Oct 1 - Dec 1
Dec 18 - Jan 10
Early
Muzzleloader2,5
Oct 14 - 22
Late Muzzleloader Dec 18 - Jan 10
Shotgun 1 Dec 2 - 6
Shotgun 2 Dec 9 - 17
Nonresident Holiday
Antlerless-Only3,4
Dec 24 - Jan 2

1 Requires permit to acquire from DNR.
2 Purchase until quota (7,500 is reached)
3 Purchase until nonresident antlerless quota is reached.
4 Nonresident hunting information
5 Residents only.
6 Includes senior antlerless-only licenses.

Deer licenses are on sale from August 15th until the last day of the season.
Shooting hours for all deer seasons are 1/2hr before sunrise to 1/2hr after sunset.

For more information:
Hunting & Trapping Regulations

Furbearer Hunting Seasons
2017-18 Furbearer Hunting Seasons
Raccoon Nov 4 - Jan 31
Opossum Nov 4 - Jan 31
Badger Nov 4 - Jan 31
Striped Skunk Nov 4 - Jan 31
Fox (Red & Gray) Nov 4 - Jan 31
Bobcat Nov 4 - Jan 31

Hunting & Trapping Regulations

* Furharvesters must contact a conservation officer within 7 days of taking an otter or bobcat to receive a CITES tag. Bobcat season is in southern and certain western counties. Only one bobcat and two otters are allowed per season per licensed furharvester, either hunted or trapped.

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Turkey Hunting Seasons

2017 Spring Turkey Seasons
Youth (Gun/Bow) Apr 8 - 16
Season 1 (Gun/Bow) Apr 17 - 20
Season 2 (Gun/Bow)
Apr 21 - 25
Season 3 (Gun/Bow)
Apr 26 - May 2
Season 4 (Gun/Bow)
May 3 - 21
Resident Archery Apr 17 - May 21

2017 Fall Turkey Seasons
Gun/Bow Oct 16 - Dec 1
Archery Only Oct 1 - Dec 1 ; Dec 18 - Jan 10

Trapping Seasons

2017-18 Trapping Seasons
Raccoon Nov 4 - Jan 31
Muskrat Nov 4 - Jan 31
Fox (Red & Gray) Nov 4 - Jan 31
Coyote Nov 4 - Jan 31
Badger Nov 4 - Jan 31
Mink Nov 4 - Jan 31
Weasel Nov 4 - Jan 31
Opossum Nov 4 - Jan 31
Striped Skunk Nov 4 - Jan 31
Beaver Nov 4 - April 15
Otter Nov 4 - Jan 31
Bobcat Nov 4 - Jan 31
Civet Cat
(Spotted Skunk)
Continuous Closed
Gray Wolf Continuous Closed

Hunting & Trapping Regulations

* Furharvesters must contact a conservation officer within 7 days of taking an otter or bobcat to receive a CITES tag. Bobcat season is in southern and certain western counties. Only one bobcat and two otters are allowed per season per licensed furharvester, either hunted or trapped.

migratory game birds
Migratory Seasons by Zone

2017-18 Seasons

North Zone
September Teal Sept 2 - 10
Ducks, Coots
& Mergansers
Sept 23 - Oct 1
Oct 14 - Dec 3
Youth Waterfowl Sept 16 - 17
Dark Geese Sept 23 - Oct 8
Oct 14 - Jan 1
Light Geese Sept 23 - Oct 8
Oct 14 - Jan 10

South Zone
September Teal Sept 2 - 10
Ducks, Coots
& Mergansers
Sept 30 - Oct 4
Oct 21 - Dec 14
Youth Waterfowl Sept 23 - 24
Dark Geese Sept 30 - Oct 8
Oct 21 - Jan 15
Light Geese Sept 30 - Oct 8
Oct 21 - Jan 24

Missouri River
September Teal Sept 2 - 17
Ducks, Coots
& Mergansers
Oct 7 - 8
Oct 21 - Dec 17
Youth Waterfowl Sept 30 - Oct 1
Dark Geese Oct 7 - 15
Oct 21 - Jan 15
Light Geese Oct 7 - 15
Oct 21 - Jan 15

Statewide Seasons
Doves Sept 1 - Nov 29
Snipe Sept 2 - Nov 30
Rails
(Sora & Virginia)
Sept 2 - Nov 10
Woodcock Oct 7 - Nov 20

Dark geese include Canada geese, brant & white-fronted geese.
Light geese include white & blue phase snow geese and Ross' geese.
Doves include mourning & Eurasian collared.

Light Geese Conservation Order 
Statewide: Jan 25 - Apr 15 , 2018
(additional regulations apply)

Special Sept Canada Goose Season
Canada Geese: Sept 2 - 10
(only in designated zones around Des Moines, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City and Cedar Falls/Waterloo)

Hunting, Trapping and Migratory Game Bird Regulations.