• 2015-2016 Iowa Hunting Seasons Finalized

    August 3, 2015
    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).

     


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance Second Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports. Sign up for our email list for the latest on Second Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation. 


     

     

     

    EARLY MIGRATORY SEASONS  DATES

    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

    Shotgun

    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

  • Tentative 2015-2016 Iowa Hunting Season Dates Announced

    February 10, 2015

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    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

     

    STATEWIDE

    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.

    SHOOTING HOURS:

    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

    Daily/Possess

    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

  • 2014 Iowa Deer Harvest Totals

    January 11, 2015

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    Iowa’s deer and turkey seasons are officially over. All told,there were over 101,000 deer harvested in Iowa. Here’s the county-by-county break down.

     

    Deer & Turkey Harvest Report
    2014 2014 2014
    County ID County Name Does Antlered Bucks Button Bucks Shed-Antler Bucks Total Deer Fall Turkey Spring Turkey
    1 ADAIR 388 431 69 2 890 4 56
    2 ADAMS 378 435 75 4 892 11 84
    3 ALLAMAKEE 1850 1391 294 28 3563 18 408
    4 APPANOOSE 752 730 182 9 1673 29 247
    5 AUDUBON 70 151 12 0 233 0 10
    6 BENTON 449 413 96 7 965 12 98
    7 BLACK HAWK 318 281 75 2 676 5 71
    8 BOONE 440 423 102 7 972 11 63
    9 BREMER 586 464 130 3 1183 10 157
    10 BUCHANAN 343 352 82 1 778 6 130
    11 BUENA VISTA 87 138 13 2 240 0 27
    12 BUTLER 443 452 98 0 993 5 98
    13 CALHOUN 34 73 5 1 113 3 7
    14 CARROLL 88 166 18 5 277 0 19
    15 CASS 254 315 60 1 630 1 15
    16 CEDAR 568 475 136 7 1186 5 166
    17 CERRO GORDO 149 264 33 0 446 11 88
    18 CHEROKEE 220 274 35 1 530 0 64
    19 CHICKASAW 440 444 104 3 991 11 121
    20 CLARKE 812 637 153 6 1608 8 189
    21 CLAY 153 216 19 2 390 2 39
    22 CLAYTON 2122 1771 352 26 4271 26 497
    23 CLINTON 508 516 113 6 1143 9 131
    24 CRAWFORD 176 223 39 1 439 4 51
    25 DALLAS 648 541 156 7 1352 6 104
    26 DAVIS 832 616 190 9 1647 21 212
    27 DECATUR 650 809 140 6 1605 20 273
    28 DELAWARE 616 584 137 9 1346 12 156
    29 DES MOINES 508 397 113 2 1020 4 85
    30 DICKINSON 89 107 19 2 217 4 18
    31 DUBUQUE 979 805 227 9 2020 19 234
    32 EMMET 65 139 11 1 216 1 20
    33 FAYETTE 959 804 173 11 1947 11 297
    34 FLOYD 259 339 59 1 658 12 155
    35 FRANKLIN 129 234 23 1 387 2 30
    36 FREMONT 228 272 36 4 540 1 68
    37 GREENE 160 216 42 0 418 0 24
    38 GRUNDY 23 51 4 0 78 0 1
    39 GUTHRIE 940 694 229 9 1872 4 131
    40 HAMILTON 85 177 14 1 277 0 22
    41 HANCOCK 64 119 9 1 193 6 21
    42 HARDIN 254 404 43 5 706 4 64
    43 HARRISON 515 458 89 4 1066 17 256
    44 HENRY 604 468 125 7 1204 5 111
    45 HOWARD 354 305 84 4 747 12 80
    46 HUMBOLDT 62 138 8 2 210 2 16
    47 IDA 44 87 5 0 136 1 7
    48 IOWA 643 663 122 7 1435 5 107
    49 JACKSON 1170 1086 286 12 2554 13 460
    50 JASPER 366 396 107 3 872 10 117
    51 JEFFERSON 671 485 137 7 1300 4 94
    52 JOHNSON 848 686 170 5 1709 11 184
    53 JONES 815 691 131 15 1652 10 195
    54 KEOKUK 473 539 102 5 1119 4 59
    55 KOSSUTH 105 211 22 2 340 1 23
    56 LEE 735 612 150 5 1502 1 153
    57 LINN 909 743 183 10 1845 7 233
    58 LOUISA 550 483 139 5 1177 6 130
    59 LUCAS 1058 884 232 12 2186 22 196
    60 LYON 70 162 17 1 250 1 38
    61 MADISON 1296 954 240 12 2502 20 249
    62 MAHASKA 357 429 96 2 884 6 97
    63 MARION 928 752 199 4 1883 20 202
    64 MARSHALL 298 351 46 2 697 9 43
    65 MILLS 258 273 40 1 572 3 78
    66 MITCHELL 384 379 71 2 836 17 114
    67 MONONA 465 438 73 4 980 2 171
    68 MONROE 726 675 163 13 1577 15 221
    69 MONTGOMERY 299 326 58 2 685 1 54
    70 MUSCATINE 570 497 119 5 1191 7 148
    71 OBRIEN 91 149 20 1 261 3 29
    72 OSCEOLA 32 64 8 1 105 0 0
    73 PAGE 355 388 66 2 811 5 94
    74 PALO ALTO 97 177 15 1 290 1 21
    75 PLYMOUTH 115 271 15 1 402 7 74
    76 POCAHONTAS 36 87 7 0 130 0 6
    77 POLK 670 352 120 5 1147 16 77
    78 POTTAWATTAMIE 469 415 59 4 947 16 226
    79 POWESHIEK 302 336 56 2 696 1 76
    80 RINGGOLD 535 529 89 2 1155 6 107
    81 SAC 82 161 15 0 258 0 13
    82 SCOTT 357 308 82 2 749 2 39
    83 SHELBY 123 179 21 0 323 3 26
    84 SIOUX 37 127 13 0 177 3 43
    85 STORY 185 189 38 1 413 2 21
    86 TAMA 676 651 121 6 1454 8 104
    87 TAYLOR 734 737 95 4 1570 8 131
    88 UNION 468 478 109 4 1059 3 108
    89 VAN BUREN 1235 983 240 16 2474 16 236
    90 WAPELLO 539 438 119 13 1109 7 115
    91 WARREN 1240 1127 257 8 2632 25 320
    92 WASHINGTON 746 632 168 11 1557 3 67
    93 WAYNE 948 816 160 9 1933 13 200
    94 WEBSTER 265 366 47 6 684 13 78
    95 WINNEBAGO 55 154 9 2 220 2 61
    96 WINNESHIEK 1220 995 220 11 2446 21 261
    97 WOODBURY 383 407 77 0 867 9 154
    98 WORTH 112 160 14 0 286 11 107
    99 WRIGHT 100 171 18 0 289 1 20
    100 STATEWIDE 46896 44361 9412 467 101136 755 11401

    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, 2nd Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance 2nd Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports. Sign up for our email list for the latest on 2nd Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation.