• 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

  • Recall Alert: Hevi-Shot 12 Gauge Shells

    November 21, 2014

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    Attention shooters and waterfowl hunters:

    Hevi-shot has announced a recall of its popular HEVI-Metal, and HEVI-Steel  3 inch, 12 gauge shotshells. It seems that in subfreezing temperatures some users are finding the shell’s wads are cracking and sometimes leaving an obstruction within the barrel. These “squib loads” can lead to injuries to the shooter or serious damage to your shotgun on follow-up shots.

    The shells in question were sold between July and mid November of this year. The lot numbers are as follows (you can find the lot number on the inside of the top flap of each box of shells):

     

    201576 – 201584

    301571 – 301609

    401335 – 401345

    500001 – 500016

    201600 – 201637

    301643 – 301659

    401381 – 401422

    201640 – 201659

    301672 – 301689

    401437 – 401463

    201665 – 201671

    301698 – 301701

    401466 – 401486

    201677 – 201680

    301713 – 301722

    401489 – 401504

    201683 – 201699

    301725 – 301726

    401507 – 401519

    201702 – 201722

    301730 – 301734

    201732 – 201736

    If you have any of these shells DO NOT SHOOT THEM.

    Instead contact Kelly Sorensen, VP of Sales and Marketing by phone: 541.367.3522, or by email: sales@hevishot.com

    Hevi-shot will replace the recalled shells for free. They’ll even send you a shipping label to ship the recalled shells back at no charge, they will ship the new ones back to you at no cost.

     

    Hevi-shot

     


    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.