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Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons Approved
Posted: 08/14/2013
The Natural Resource Commission of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources approved the 2013-14 migratory game bird hunting seasons during its Aug. 8 meeting.

Changes include:
  • A new waterfowl refuge at Union Hills Wildlife Management Area, in Cerro Gordo County. The posted refuge is all Union Hills WMA property west of the former county road (Dogwood Ave.).
  • The possession limit for ducks and geese is now three times the daily bag limit.
  • The daily bag limit for scaup is three.
  • The daily bag limit for canvasbacks is two.
  • The season on pigeons has been removed. It is now a continuous open season.
  • There is no bag limit for light geese during the Conservation Order.

Season Dates, Zones
  
North Zone South Zone Missouri River Zone
Ducks, Mergansers & Coots Sept 21 - 25
Oct 12 - Dec 5
Sept 21 - 25
Oct 19 - Dec 12
Sept 21 - 25
Oct 26 - Dec 19
Youth-Only Oct 5 - 6 Oct 12 - 13 Oct 19 - 20
Canada Geese & Brant Sept 28 - Jan 3 Oct 5 - Jan 10 Oct 12 - Jan 17
White-fronted Geese Sept 28 - Dec 10 Oct 5 - Dec 17 Oct 12 - Dec 24
Light Geese
(white and blue phase snow geese, and Ross' geese)
Sept 28 - Jan 12 Oct 5 - Jan 17 Oct 12 - Jan 17

Statewide Seasons
Doves                                                              Sept. 1-Nov. 9
Snipe                                                               Sept. 7-Nov. 30
Rails (Sora and Virginia)                               Sept. 7-Nov. 9
Woodcock                                                       Oct. 5-Nov. 18
Light Goose Conservation Order                  Jan. 18-April 15
(white and blue phase snow geese, and Ross’ geese) Additional regulations apply

Information on bag limits, zones and more hunting rules:
http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/MigratoryGameBirds.aspx



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