Tentative 2015-2016 Iowa Hunting Season Dates Announced


2015 Deer Hunting Seasons (if no changes are made)

Season                                   Season Dates           

Youth Season                        Sept. 19 – Oct. 4

Disabled Hunter Season         Sept. 19 – Oct. 4

Archery Season                      Oct. 1 – Dec. 4 & Dec. 21 – Jan. 10, 2016

Early Muzzleloader                 Oct. 17 – 25

Regular Gun Season 1           Dec. 5 – 9

Regular Gun Season 2           Dec. 12 – 20

Late Muzzleloader                   Dec. 21 – Jan. 10, 2016

Nonresident Holiday Season  Dec. 24 – Jan. 2, 2016

BAG LIMIT: Daily Bag and Season Possession Limit is one deer for each valid license and transportation tag issued to the hunter.

SHOOTING HOURS: 1/2 hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset


2015-2016 Migratory Birds seasons (if no changes are made)


Waterfowl Season                      North Zone           South Zone          Missouri River

Ducks, Mergansers and Coots    Oct. 3 – 18             Oct 3 – Oct 7        Oct. 3 – Oct. 7

Oct. 24 – Dec. 6     Oct 17 – Dec 10   Oct. 24 – Dec. 17

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days   Sept. 26 – 27          Oct 10 – 12          Oct 17 – 18

Canada geese and Brant             Sept. 26 –               Oct. 3 –                Oct. 10 –

Jan. 1, 2016            Jan. 8, 2016         Jan. 15, 2016

White-fronted geese                    Sept. 26 – Dec. 8   Oct. 3 – Dec. 15    Oct. 10 – Dec. 22

Light Geese (white and blue        Sept. 26 –               Oct. 3 –                  Oct. 10 –

phase snow geese and               Jan. 10, 2016         Jan. 15, 2016        Jan. 15, 2016

Ross’ geese)


SPECIAL SEPTEMBER CANADA GOOSE SEASONS Only in designated zones around Des Moines, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City and Cedar Falls/Waterloo.

Canada Geese                                                Sept. 5 – 13



Special September Teal Season                    Sept 5 -20

Light Geese Conservation Order                    Jan. 16 – April 15, 2016

(white and blue phase snow geese

and Ross’ geese)

Doves (Mourning and Eurasian Collared)      Sept. 1 – Nov. 9

Woodcock                                                       Oct. 3 – Nov. 16

Snipe                                                               Sept. 5 – Nov. 30

Rail (Sora and Virginia)                                   Sept. 5 – Nov. 13

Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset for all species except woodcock and teal during the special September teal season, which are sunrise to sunset.Daily Bag Limits:
Ducks: Daily limit is 6, including no more than 4 mallards (of which no more than 2 may be female), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 3 scaup, 2 pintail, 1 black duck, and 2 canvasback.

Mergansers: Daily limit is 5, including no more than 2 hooded mergansers.

Coots: Daily limit is 15.

Geese: The daily limit for Canada geese is 2 from September 26 through October 31 and 3 Canada geese from November 1 through the end of the season.  During the special September Canada goose season within the Des Moines, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City and Cedar Falls/Waterloo Zones, the daily is 5 Canada geese.  The daily limits for white-fronted geese, brant, and snow geese are 2 white-fronted geese, 1 brant, and 20 snow geese.

Doves (Mourning and Eurasian Collared):  Daily limit is 15.

Woodcock: Daily limit is 3.

Snipe: Daily limit is 8.

Rail (Sora and Virginia): Daily limit is 12.

Possession Limits:
Possession limits are three times the daily bag limit for ducks, coots and geese except light geese for which there is no possession limit and two times the bag limits for doves, woodcock, snipe and rails.

2015 Fall Turkey Hunting (if no changes are made)

License Types             Season Dates

Gun/Bow                     Oct. 12 – Dec. 4

Archery Only              Oct. 1 – Dec. 4 AND

Dec. 21 – Jan. 10, 2016

BAG LIMIT: Daily Bag and Season Possession Limit is one wild turkey for each valid license and transportation tag issued to the hunter.


Gun: 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset

Bow: 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset


2016 SPRING TURKEY HUNTING SEASON DATES (if no changes are made)

Combination Gun/Bow Licenses

Youth Season (Residents Only) April 9 – 17

Season 1 April 18 – 21

Season 2 April 22 – 26

Season 3 April 27 – May 3

Season 4 May 4 – May 22

Resident Archery-only Licenses: April 18- May 22

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.

SHOOTING HOURS: 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset

2015 – 2016 General Hunting Season Framework  (if no changes are made)

Species                                  Season Dates                        Shooting Hours        Bag Limit


Rooster Pheasant (Youth)      Oct. 24 – 25                            8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.       1          2

Rooster Pheasant                   Oct. 31 – Jan. 10, 2016           8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.       3         12

Bobwhite Quail                        Oct. 31 – Jan. 31, 2016           8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.       8         16

Gray Partridge                        Oct. 10 – Jan. 31, 2016           8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.       8         16

Ruffed Grouse                        Oct. 3 – Jan. 31, 2016             Sunrise to Sunset         3          6

Rabbit (Cottontail)                   Sept 5 – Feb. 28, 2016            Sunrise to Sunset        10        20

Squirrel (Fox and Gray)          Sept 5 – Jan. 31, 2016           No Restrictions            6         12

Groundhog                              Continuous Open Season       No Restrictions     No Limit No Limit

Crow                                       Oct. 15 – Nov. 30 and                         No Restrictions     No Limit No Limit

                  Jan. 14 – March 31, 2016

Groundhog, Pigeon                 Continuous Open Season       No Restrictions     No Limit No Limit

Coyote (hunting)                     Continuous Open Season       No Restrictions     No Limit No Limit

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  1. Nathan Gibson says:

    Common, bring back the January Doe season. Why on earth would u take that away. Do you realize how difficult it is to plan hunting trips in the small December windows that EVERYONE else is hunting

  2. CIA says:


    You must not be a resident if you were you would see that the deer population has been decreased drastically. 2012 drought along with the CWD combined with liberal quota and bonus seasons really put the hurt on the deer.

    Good Luck!

  3. brandon says:


    You must not be a resident in Iowa. The deer population here is crazy. There is not enough of them taken each year.

  4. Jordan Ollendick says:

    Deer population varies by county. I live in Floyd county and if your along the rivers the numbers are there, compared to if you get over by the mississippi the numbers over there triple ours around here. It is a delicate balance. I personally believe we need to have a fall bag limit on turkeys( my personal opinion as a farmer/ avid outdoorsman)

  5. Jordan Ollendick says:

    But i will agree in some counties the numbers are not harvested however that is not the DNR fault. I knew of alot of people that hunted deer and turkeys last year and never reported there kill. No names involved but that is how they base the tag amounts. Im not trying to poke at anybody because all have there opinion. On a different note i hunted in floyd county last year almost to bremer and i passed 27 does opening morning of first season waiting for a nice buck, and in floyd county we had no antlerless tags last year. Where as clayton county had 2100 or so. Who in gods name is gonna sell 2100 tags lol

  6. Coulton says:

    Why would you take away our January antler less bonus (high power) season and put in a out of staters season in there? Makes no since what so ever when they can come and hunt all the other seasons as well. Makes no since to me that if the deer count is down why you would take and let them have a season. So the deer population can’t be that bad. Every night I drive home from leaving my stand I don’t know how many deer I count that I about hit or have hit and nicked with my car. If I can drive a 20 mile radius and count over 100 head it ant be that low. I feel that we should have our high power season back!!!!

    • Luke says:

      You are right! They can come in during December for shotgun season like I do. ( I do live in iowa but they can hunt in their own freakin state.) on the bus ride to school I at least see 20-30 deer out and about. Our population in story county is quite a bit so it does not make sense that they get to hunt here and we dont

  7. Steve says:

    what is the date you can buy a non resident small game license in 2015 and still be good for next years season. Used to buy license in dec. and it was good for next season.

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