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Deer Hunting Season Dates
deer

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


2022 Seasons Season Dates License On-Sale Dates
Youth Season Sept 17 - Oct 2, 2022 Aug 15 - End of Season
Archery Season, Early Split Oct 1 - Dec 2, 2022 Aug 15 - End of Season
Archery Season, Late Split Dec 19 - Jan 10, 2023 Aug 15 - End of Season
Early Muzzleloader (residents only) Oct 15 - 23, 2022 Aug 15 - End of Season (until quota is reached)
Late Muzzleloader Dec 19 - Jan 10, 2023 Aug 15 - End of Season
Shotgun, Season 1 Dec 3 - 7, 2022 Aug 15 - End of Season
Shotgun, Season 2 Dec 10 - 18, 2022 Aug 15 - End of Season
Nonresident Holiday Season Dec 24 - Jan 2, 2023 Aug 15 - End of Season (until quota is reached)

Shooting hours for all deer seasons are half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset.

Find out more regarding Deer Disease Monitoring and the CWD Reporting System.

Nonresidents: The nonresident deer application period is the first Saturday in May through the first Sunday in June. The application is available in December.


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


2022-2023 North Zone Central Zone South Zone
Youth Waterfowl Sept. 24-25 Oct 1-2 Oct 8-9
Ducks, Mergansers & Coots Oct 1-7 &
Oct 15 - Dec 6
Oct 8-14 &
Oct 22 - Dec 13
Oct 15-21 &
Oct 29 - Dec 20
Dark Geese & Light Geese Sept 24 - Oct 9 &
Oct 15 - Dec 6 &
Dec 10 - Jan 7, 2023
Oct 1-16 &
Oct 22 - Dec 13 &
Dec 17 - Jan 14, 2023
Oct 8-23 &
Oct 29 - Dec 20 &
Dec 24 - Jan 21, 2023
 2022-2023 Statewide Limit
Special September Teal Sept 1 - 16 Daily limit is 6
Doves Sept 1 - Nov 29 Daily limit is 15
Snipe Sept 3 - Nov 30 Daily limit is 8
Rail Sept 3 - Nov 12 Daily limit is 12
Woodcock Oct 1 - Nov 14 Daily limit is 3
  • Special September Canada Goose (designated areas): Sep. 10-18, Daily limit is 5. Only in designated zones around Des Moines, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City and Cedar Falls/Waterloo. Special regulations apply. Maps: Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Zone, Des Moines Zone, and Waterloo/Cedar Falls Zone
  • Light Geese Conservation Order (additional regulations apply. Regulations, p. 21): Jan 22 - May 1, 2023
    White & blue phase snow geese & Ross’ geese

Small Game and Upland Hunting Season Dates
pheasant

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


2022-2023 Season Dates Hours Daily/Possession
Rooster Pheasant (Youth) Oct 22-23 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 1/ 2
Rooster Pheasant Oct 29 - Jan 10, 2023 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 3/ 12
Bobwhite Quail Oct 29 - Jan 31, 2023 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 8 /16
Gray Partridge Oct 8 - Jan 31, 2023 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 8 /16
Ruffed Grouse Oct 1 - Jan 31, 2022 Sunrise to Sunset 3/ 6
Rabbit (Cottontail) Sept 3 - Feb 28, 2023 Sunrise to Sunset 10 /20
Rabbit (Jack) CLOSED   0/ 0
Squirrel (Fox and Gray) Sept 3 - Jan 31, 2023 No Restrictions 6 /12
Groundhog Continuous Open Season No Restrictions No Limit /No Limit
Crow Oct 15 - Nov 30
and Jan 14 - March 31, 2023
No Restrictions No Limit /No Limit
Pigeon Continuous Open Season No Restrictions No Limit /No Limit
Coyote Continuous Open Season No Restrictions No Limit /No Limit

Trapping & Fur Harvesting Season Dates
furbearer

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


2022-2023 Furbearer Hunting Season Dates Hours Daily/Possession
Raccoon, Opossum, Badger, Striped Skunk, Fox (Red and Gray) Nov 5 - Jan 31, 2023 8 a.m. on First Day No Limit / No Limit
Bobcats Nov 5 - Jan. 31, 2023 8 a.m. on First Day Regulations, see p. 33
Coyote Continuous Open No Restrictions No Limit / No Limit

2022-2023 Furbearer Trapping Season Dates Hours Daily/Possession
Coyote, Mink, Muskrat, Weasel, Striped Skunk, Badger, Opossum, Fox (Red and Gray), Raccoon Nov 5 - Jan 31, 2023 8 a.m. on First Day No Limit / No Limit
Beaver Nov 5 - Apr 15, 2023 8 a.m. on First Day No Limit / No Limit
Otter Nov 5 - Jan 31, 2023 8 a.m. on First Day 3 / 3
Bobcat Nov 5 - Jan 31, 2023 8 a.m. on First Day Regulations, see p. 33
Civet Cat (Spotted Skunk) Continuous Closed    
Gray Wolf Continuous Closed    

A furharvester license is required to hunt or trap furbearers. Coyote or groundhog may be hunted on a hunting or furharvester license.



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


Licenses go on sale August 15.
Note: Nonresidents are not eligible for fall turkey hunting licenses.

Gun Shooting Hours: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset
Bow Shooting Hours: Half-hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.

2022 Fall Turkey Hunting Season Dates License On-Sale Dates
Gun/Bow Oct 10 - Dec 2 Aug 15 - until quotas are filled
Archery Only Oct 1 - Dec 2 &
Dec 19 - Jan 10, 2023
Aug 15 - End of Season (no quota)

2023 Spring Turkey Hunting Season Dates Shooting Hours
Youth Season (residents only) Apr 7 - 9, 2023 Half-hour before sunrise to sunset.
Season 1 Apr 10 - 13, 2023 Half-hour before sunrise to sunset.
Season 2 Apr 14 - 18, 2023 Half-hour before sunrise to sunset.
Season 3 Apr 19 - 25, 2023 Half-hour before sunrise to sunset.
Season 4 Apr 26 - May 14, 2023 Half-hour before sunrise to sunset.
Resident Archery-Only Apr 10 - May 14, 2023 Half-hour before sunrise to sunset.

BAG LIMIT: Daily bag and season possession limit is one bearded or male wild turkey for each valid license and transportation tag issued to the hunter.

The nonresident spring turkey application period is Jan. 1 to the last Sunday in January. The application is available in December.


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