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Iowa's Rabbit Season Opens September 3

  • 8/16/2016 1:48:00 PM
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Iowa’s cottontail rabbit season opens Sept. 3. Cottontails can be found in every county but higher populations are found in southeast and south central Iowa.

Rabbit hunting is most commonly done with a .22 rifle or shotgun in areas with shrubs, brush piles or field edges. Most of the hunting takes place later in the fall and winter.

Shooting hours are sunrise to sunset. The daily bag limit is 10 cottontail rabbits, with a possession limit of 20. Rabbit season closes on Feb. 28, 2017.

Rabbit numbers are included with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources August roadside survey that will be released in early September at