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DNR lists hunting seasons

Jul 31, 2014

Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials say deer hunters will notice fewer seasons and changes in certain seasons this year.

The January antlerless deer season has been eliminated, the number of antlerless deer tags has been reduced and hunters in 27 northwest counties are allowed only antlered deer during the first shotgun and early muzzleloader seasons.

Crossbows were allowed as a legal method of take for resident Iowa hunters during the late muzzleloader season.

Iowa waterfowl hunters have an experimental September teal-only season from Sept. 6-21 in all three waterfowl zones.

The remaining waterfowl seasons will be set during the Aug. 14 meeting of the Iowa DNR Natural Resource Commission after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues its season requirements to the states.

 

Deer seasons

• Youth: Sept. 20-Oct. 5

• Disabled Hunter: Sept. 20-Oct. 5

• Archery: Oct. 1-Dec. 5 and Dec. 22-Jan. 10

• Early Muzzleloader: Oct. 11-19

• Late Muzzleloader: Dec. 22-Jan. 10

• First Shotgun: Dec. 6-10

• Second Shotgun: Dec. 13-21

• Nonresident Holiday: Dec. 24- Jan. 2

 

Small game and upland seasons

• Youth Rooster Pheasant: Oct. 18-19

• Rooster Pheasant: Oct. 25-Jan. 10

• Bobwhite Quail: Oct. 25-Jan. 31

• Gray Partridge: Oct. 11-Jan. 31

• Ruffed Grouse: Oct. 4-Jan. 31

• Cottontail Rabbit: Aug. 30-Feb. 28

• Fox Squirrel and Gray Squirrel: Aug. 30-Jan. 31

• Crow: Oct. 15-Nov. 30 and Jan. 14-March 31

• Pigeon: continuous open season

 

Migratory game bird seasons

• Mourning Dove: Sept. 1-Nov. 9

• September Teal Season:Sept. 6- 21 in all three zones; additional regulations apply.

 

Furbearer hunting seasons

• Raccoon: Nov. 1-Jan. 31

• Opossum: Nov. 1-Jan. 31

• Red Fox and Gray Fox: Nov. 1- Jan. 31

• Bobcat: Nov. 1-Jan. 31; additional regulations apply.

• Coyote: continuous open season

• Groundhog: continuous open season

 

Trapping seasons

• Raccoon: Nov. 1-Jan. 31

• Muskrat: Nov. 1-Jan. 31

• Red Fox and Gray Fox: Nov. 1- Jan. 31

• Coyote: Nov. 1-Jan. 31

• Badger: Nov. 1-Jan. 31

• Mink: Nov. 1-Jan. 31

• Weasel: Nov. 1-Jan. 31

• Opossum: Nov. 1-Jan. 31

• Striped Skunk: Nov. 1-Jan. 31

• Beaver: Nov. 1-April 15

• Otter: Nov. 1-Jan. 31; additional regulations apply.

• Bobcat: Nov. 1-Jan. 31; additional regulations apply.

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