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Iowa became the 42nd state to have a hunting season for mourning doves in 2011. Dove hunting provides an opportunity for hunters of any age or experience level to participate due to an abundance of birds, simple equipment needs and moderate physical activity.
Doves are a migratory bird and can be found in all 99 counties with highest populations in the Loess Hills and southern three tiers of Iowa counties. They prefer open habitats such as farmland, prairies, grasslands and lightly wooded areas.
Migratory Game Bird Regulations
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To hunt doves and other migratory birds in Iowa, federal regulations require that hunters be registered with the Harvest Information Program (HIP). Hunters who hunt waterfowl or other migratory birds such as woodcock register for HIP when they pay the state migratory bird fee (stamp). Although dove hunters are not required to pay the state or federal migratory bird fee they must still register for HIP to legally hunt doves. Landowners who are only going to hunt on their own land or hunters such as those 16 and under who do not need a license do not need to register for HIP.
This year, hunters who purchased their hunting licenses after August 14th should have been asked whether they were going to hunt doves. If they responded “yes” then: “Dove: Y” was printed on their license. If a hunter changes their mind they need to register with HIP to hunt doves even if they paid the state migratory bird fee.
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.