Small Game Seasons
2016-17 Small Game & Upland Seasons
Pheasant (Youth) Oct 22 - 23
Pheasant Oct 29 - Jan 10
Bobwhite Quail Oct 29 - Jan 31
Gray Partridge Oct 8 - Jan 31
Ruffed Grouse Oct 1 - Jan 31
Rabbit (Cottontail) Sept 3 - Feb 28
Rabbit (Jack) Closed
Squirrel (Fox & Gray) Sept 3 - Jan 31
Groundhog Continuous Open
Crow Oct 15 - Nov 30
Jan 14 - Mar 31
Pigeon Continuous Open

Hunting & Trapping Regulations

deer hunting in iowa
Deer Hunting Seasons

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

2016-17 Deer Seasons
Youth5 Sept 17 - Oct 2
Disabled
Hunter1
Sept 17 - Oct 2
Bow6 Oct 1 - Dec 2
Dec 19 - Jan 10
Early
Muzzleloader2,5
Oct 15 - 23
Muzzleloader Dec 19 - Jan 10
Shotgun 1 Dec 3 - 7
Shotgun 2 Dec 10 - 18
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
2016-17 Furbearer Hunting Seasons
Coyote Continuous Open
Groundhog Continuous Open
Raccoon Nov 5 - Jan 31
Opossum Nov 5 - Jan 31
Fox (Red & Gray) Nov 5 - Jan 31
Bobcat Nov 5 - 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.

turkey hunting in iowa
Turkey Hunting Seasons
2016-17 Fall Turkey Seasons
Gun/Bow Oct 10 - Dec 2
Archery Only Oct 1 - Dec 2
Dec 19 - Jan 10
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

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

Trapping Seasons
2016-17 Trapping Seasons
Raccoon Nov 5 - Jan 31
Muskrat Nov 5 - Jan 31
Fox (Red & Gray) Nov 5 - Jan 31
Coyote Nov 5 - Jan 31
Badger Nov 5 - Jan 31
Mink Nov 5 - Jan 31
Weasel Nov 5 - Jan 31
Opossum Nov 5 - Jan 31
Striped Skunk Nov 5 - Jan 31
Beaver Nov 5 - April 15
Otter Nov 5 - Jan 31
Bobcat Nov 5 - Jan 31
Civet Cat
(Spotted Skunk)
Closed
Gray Wolf 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

North Zone
September Teal Sept 3 - 11
Ducks, Coots
& Mergansers
Sept 24 - Oct 2
Oct 15 - Dec 4
Youth Waterfowl Sept 17 - 18
Dark Geese Sept 24 - Oct 9
Oct 15 - Jan 4
Light Geese Sept 24 - Oct 9
Oct 15 - Jan 13

South Zone
September Teal Sept 3 - 11
Ducks, Coots
& Mergansers
Oct 1 - 5
Oct 22 - Dec 15
Youth Waterfowl Sept 24 - 25
Dark Geese Oct 1 - 9
Oct 22 - Jan 18
Light Geese Oct 1 - 9
Oct 22 - Jan 27

Missouri River
September Teal Sept 3 - 18
Ducks, Coots
& Mergansers
Oct 8 - 9
Oct 22 - Dec 18
Youth Waterfowl oct 1 - 2
Dark Geese oct 8 - 16
Oct 22 - Jan 18
Light Geese Oct 8 - 16
Oct 22 - Jan 27

Statewide Seasons
Doves Sept 1 - Nov 9
Snipe Sept 3 - Nov 30
Rails
(Sora & Virginia)
Sept 3 - Nov 11
Woodcock Oct 1 - Nov 14

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 28 - Apr 15 
(additional regulations apply)

Special Sept Canada Goose Season
Canada Geese: Sept 3 - 11
(only in designated zones around Des Moines, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City and Cedar Falls/Waterloo)

Migratory Game Bird Regulations.