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Canada Goose
2019-20 Hunting, Trapping and Migratory Game Bird Regulations

This is not a complete set of hunting, fishing and trapping laws but contains the information you are most likely to need to safely participate in these outdoor activities.

2019-20 Regulations, Hunting, Trapping and Migratory Game Bird, Full Book**
Season Dates, Upland Game Hunting Regulations, Migratory Game Bird Seasons & Limits, Deer Hunting Regulations, Fall Turkey Regulations, Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations, Nonresident Spring Turkey Hunting Information, Sunrise-Sunset Table

** Regulations Correction
The printed version of the 2019-20 Iowa Hunting, Trapping and Migratory Game Bird Regulations omitted the language from a new state law that allows hunters with a nonabulatory deer license to hunt during any open season until the license is filled, using the method of take allowed for that season. The error was discovered too late for the print edition. It has been corrected in the online copy (page 40).

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.

Visit the US Fish & Wildlife Service website.

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.

2019-2020 Waterfowl Hunting Seasons
Similar to 2018 with one exception: the pintail bag limit will be reduced from two to one.
Special September Teal: Sep. 1 – 16
Special September Canada Goose: Sep. 7 – 15

 North Zone South Zone Missouri River Zone
Ducks Sep. 28-Oct. 4
Oct. 12-Dec. 3
Oct. 5-Oct. 11
Oct. 19-Dec. 10
Oct. 12-Oct. 18
Oct. 26-Dec. 17
Geese Sep. 21-Oct. 6
Oct. 12-Dec. 3
Dec. 14-Jan. 11
Sep. 28- Oct. 13
Oct. 19-Dec. 10
Dec. 21-Jan. 18
Oct. 5-Oct. 20
Oct. 26-Dec. 17
Dec. 28-Jan. 25
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.