Iowa Hunting Seasons

We work hard to keep our calendar current, but always refer to the hunting regulation booklet for official, legal season dates.



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

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.