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Canada Goose
Geese Frequently Asked Questions
+ What Areas are Closed to Canada Goose Hunting?
+ What are Special September Canada Goose Seasons?
+ Where does most snow goose hunting take place?
+ When do the snow geese arrive and leave?
+ How do you hunt snow geese in the fall?
+ How to hunt snow geese during late-winter?
+ Are there any special regulations?
+ Are Canada geese native to Iowa?
+ When do Canada geese usually begin nesting?
+ How can I keep Canada geese off my property?
Federal Duck Stamp

Beginning July 2019, Iowa migratory bird hunters can buy their Federal Duck Stamp in the form of an E-Stamp through all Iowa license vendors and through the Go Outdoors Iowa online portal.

After purchasing the E-Stamp, hunters will be eligible to hunt using the E-Stamp for up to 45 days while the physical Federal Duck Stamp is being mailed to their home address.

Questions?
Visit the US Fish & Wildlife Service website.


2020/21 Migratory Game Bird Season Dates | Google calendar

We work hard to keep our calendar current, but always refer to the hunting regulation booklet for official, legal season dates.


 North ZoneSouth ZoneMissouri River
Youth WaterfowlSept. 19-20Sept. 26-27Oct 3-4
Ducks, Mergansers & CootsSept 26 - Oct 2 &
Oct 10 - Dec 1
Oct 3 - 9 &
Oct17 - Dec 8
Oct 10 - 16 &
Oct 24 - Dec 15
Dark Geese&
Light Geese
Sept 19 - Oct 4 &
Oct 10 - Dec 1 &
Dec 12 - Jan 9, 2021
Sept 26 - Oct 11 &
Oct 17 - Dec 8 &
Dec 19 - Jan 16, 2021
Oct 3 - 18 &
Oct 24 - Dec 15 &
Dec 26 - Jan 23, 2021

 Statewide
Special September TealSept 1 - 16
DovesSept 1 - Nov 29
SnipeSept 7 - Nov 30
RailSept 7 - Nov 15
WoodcockOct 5 - Nov 18

2020-2025 hunting seasons
  • Waterfowl hunting zones and season structures for 2021-2025 will be selected in 2020.
  • Preparations for this selection are underway. Facilitated discussions with small groups of hunters occurred in December 2018. Email and mail surveys were distributed in winter and spring 2019. Analysis will occur summer 2019.
  • Public comment will be accepted early fall 2019 at a series of regional meetings. A proposal will be presented to the Natural Resource Commission in January 2020. The Commission will make a final decision in April 2020.