2015-2016 Iowa Hunting Seasons Finalized

2015-2016 Iowa Hunting Season Dates

2015-2016 Iowa Hunting Season Dates



The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has just finalized the hunting seasons for several game species in Iowa.

NOTE: The waterfowl season dates are expected to be finalized later this month (August 2015).


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Dove                                                               Sep. 1 – Nov. 9

Special September Teal                                  Sep. 5 – Sep. 20


SPECIES                                                         DATES          

Rooster Pheasant                                           Oct. 24-25 (Youth only)

Rooster Pheasant                                           Oct. 31 – Jan. 10, 2016

Bobwhite Quail                                              Oct. 31 – Jan. 31, 2016

Gray Partridge                                               Oct. 10 – Jan. 31, 2016

Ruffed Grouse                                                Oct. 3 – Jan. 31, 2016

Rabbit (Cottontail)                                         Sept. 5 – Feb. 28, 2016

Rabbit (Jack)                                                   CLOSED

Squirrel (Fox and Gray)                                 Sept. 5 – Jan. 31, 2016

Crow                                                               Oct. 15 – Nov. 30 AND

Jan. 14 – March 31, 2016

Pigeon                                                             Continuous Open Season

Coyote                                                            Continuous Open Season


Deer and fall turkey licenses are on sale Aug. 15.

DEER SEASONS                                          DATES          

Youth Season                                                 Sept. 19-Oct. 4

Disabled Hunter Season                                Sept. 19-Oct. 4

Archery Season

Early Split                                           Oct. 1-Dec. 4

Late Split                                            Dec. 21 – Jan. 10, 2016

Early Muzzleloader                                       Oct. 17-25

Late Muzzleloader                                         Dec. 21 – Jan. 10, 2016


Season 1                                              Dec. 5-9

Season 2                                              Dec. 12-20


TURKEY SEASONS                                     DATES

Combination Gun/Bow                                 Oct. 12-Dec. 4

Archery Only                                                 Oct. 1 – Dec. 4 AND

Dec. 21 – Jan. 10, 2016


2016 SPRING TURKEY SEASONS           DATES          

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 4-22

Resident Archery-only Licenses:                   April 18-May 22

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  1. Steve Hathaway says:

    The early teal season in Iowa sucks.

  2. Brad Bland says:

    A season on crows is absolutely ridiculous,There are so many crows where I live in,
    Urbandale,that in the evenings in spring and summer they flock by the thousands to the neiboring trees around my duplex and are so loud I can’t hold a conversation outside of my home with out having to almost yel!. They are a pest and should be hunted like that pigeon,the way it used to be.

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