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Hunting Migratory Game Birds

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 

+ Areas Closed to Canada Goose Hunting
+ Banded Waterfowl
+ Developing Waterfowl Hunting Season Regulations
+ Duck and Goose Hunting Zones
+ Duck Management
+ Special September Canada Goose Seasons
+ Wood Duck Nest Boxes
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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)

Migratory Game Bird Regulations.