Iowa Hunting Seasons Dates (Updated)

Welcome to the Iowa Hunting Seasons page. Updated US Hunting Seasons for 2021-2022.

As part of our comprehensive guide to US Hunting Seasons By State on this page you will find out “When Is Hunting Season for Iowa?” 

There is also general information on the different hunting seasons for a wide range of wild game species. You will find links to the relevant State Authority so you can make sure you have all the correct legal obligations in place before you start your hunt.

Iowa Hunting Seasons Dates (Updated)

The Iowa hunting season website describes the hunting in this State as follows:

“Public hunting in the state, totals 715,522 acres. The DNR’s Wildlife Bureau manages over 388,000 acres that are open to public hunting.

The return of the white-tailed deer as a major game species in Iowa is a tribute to good landowner attitude and progressive management, research and enforcement programs. Likewise, responsibility for the future of deer in Iowa depends upon the cooperation of hunters and landowners, preservation of critical timber habitat, legislative support and continued professional management of the resource.”

IMPORTANT. All care has been taking in preparing this hunting season information for you. Please check the relevant State Authority’s Website for further information and any changes to current US Hunting Season Regulations. We have provided a link to each States hunting season website for your convenience.

Iowa Deer Hunting Season

The Iowa Department of Natural resources makes these comments about deer hunting season.

“Like other states in the midwest Iowa produces some outstanding white-tailed deer. Abundant food and mild winter weather make it possible for Iowa’s whitetails to become large in body weight and, if allowed to grow to maturity, often possess impressive antlers.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
Firearms StandardDec 7-11 & Dec 14-22
MuzzleloaderOct 12-20 & Dec 23-Jan 10
BowOct 1-Dec 6 & Dec 23-Jan 10
Non-Resident Holiday SeasonDec 24-Jan 2
Youth SeasonSept 21-Oct 6
Disabled Hunter SeasonSept 21-Oct 6
January AntlerlessJan 11-26

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Iowa Turkey Hunting Season

The Iowa Department of Natural resources makes these comments about turkey hunting season.

“Wild turkeys were released at several sites across the state, with the first release occurring in Lee County, Iowa. Since these early days, turkey populations have expanded across the entire state of Iowa.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
Spring (Firearms)Apr 13-May 17
Spring (bow only- Residents)Apr 13-May 17
Spring Youth (Residents)Apr 10- 12
Fall (Firearms)Oct 14 – Dec 6
Fall (Bow)Oct 14 – Dec 6
Bow OnlyOct 1 – Dec 6 & Dec 23 – Jan 10

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Iowa Small Game  Hunting Season

The Iowa Department of Natural resources makes these comments about small game hunting season.

“Pheasants, quail, cottontail rabbits, and squirrels are Iowa’s most popular upland game species. The Upland Wildlife Research Unit monitors yearly harvest and populations, as well as providing information to landowners and hunters.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
Rabbit (Cottontail)Aug 31-Feb 28
Rabbit (Jack)Closed
Squirrel (Fox & Gray)Aug 31- Jan 31
CoyoteOpen All Year
GroundhogOpen All Year

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Iowa Game Bird Hunting Season

The Iowa Department of Natural resources makes these comments about small game hunting season.

“In historic times Iowa was the nesting ground of countless flocks of ducks, geese, and swans. Much of the marshland that was their home has been tiled and has disappeared under the corn planter.

However, this state is still the summer home of many species, and restoration of various areas is annually increasing the number. Iowa is more important as a cafeteria for the ducks on their semiannual flights than as a nesting ground, and multitudes of them stop in this state to feed and grow fat on waste grain.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
DucksSept 21 – Dec 17
GeeseSept 21 – Jan 25
Pheasant (Rooster)Oct 26-Jan 10
Pheasant (Youth Rooster)Oct 19-20
Bobwhite QuailOct 26-Jan 10
Ruffed GrouseOct 5-Jan 31
PigeonOpen All Year

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

I hope you have found this State hunting season information helpful in planning your next great hunting adventure. Please feel free to share this page with your hunting buddies. In addition to these US Hunting Seasons by State pages, you may be interested in these posts.


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