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Hunting Migratory Game Birds

Waterfowl Season Summary
The DNR uses many sources of information when considering season dates - migration survey, federal harvest surveys, and hunter surveys, and is summarized in the linked presentation.


2016-17 Migratory Game Bird Regulations
Fees, Special Hunts, Migratory Game Bird Season Dates, Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations, Reporting Banded Ducks and Geese, DNR Wildlife Refuges, Areas Closed to Waterfowl Hunting, National Wildlife Refuges, Areas Closed to Canada Goose Hunting, Sunrise/Sunset Table, Trumpeter Swan Identification, Mourning Doves Information


Duck Management:

Habitat Acquisition Statistics: Prairie Pothole Joint Venture


+ Areas Closed to Canada Goose Hunting
+ Banded Waterfowl
+ Developing Waterfowl Hunting Season Regulations
+ Duck and Goose Hunting Zones
+ Special September Canada Goose Seasons
+ Wetland Habitat Conditions
+ Wood Duck Nest Boxes
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Migratory Game Bird Seasons
(N) North Zone, (S) South Zone, (Mo) Missouri River Zone

2016-17 Migratory Bird Seasons
Ducks,
Mergansers
& Coots
Sept 24 - Oct 2 (N)
Oct 15 - Dec 4 (N)
Oct 1 - 5 (S)
Oct 22 - Dec 15 (S)
Oct 8 - 9 (Mo)
Oct 22 - Dec 18 (Mo)
September Teal Sept 3 - 11 (N)
Sept 3 - 11 (S)
Sept 3 - 18 (Mo)
Youth
Waterfowl
Sept 17 - 18 (N)
Sept 24 - 25 (S)
Oct 1 - 2 (Mo)
Dark Geese
Sept 24 - Oct 9 (N)
Oct 15 - Jan 4 (N)
Oct 1 - 9 (S)
Oct 22 - Jan 18 (S)
Oct 8 - 16 (Mo)
Oct 22 - Jan 18 (Mo)
Light Geese

Sept 24 - Oct 9 (N)
Oct 15 - Jan 13 (N)
Oct 1 - 9 (S)
Oct 22 - Jan 27 (S)
Oct 8 - 16 (Mo)
Oct 22 - Jan 27 (Mo)
Migratory Game Bird, 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.