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Iowa Hunting

Everything you need to plan your hunting trips in Iowa, from maps and regulations to season dates, game animals, quotas, and non-resident deer zones. Plus much more! Start your research right here.

Overview

Known For

Iowa is known for being a top, if not the top, destination for whitetail hunting. With over 700,000 acres of agricultural crops and three million acres of forestland, no other states compare with the pound-for-pound availability of natural and crop food sources for whitetail deer.

Terrain

Iowa’s terrain is a mix of rolling hills and flat plains. Its tallest spot, Hawkeye Point, is 1,673 feet above sea level. Its fertile soil makes it one of the most agriculturally-abundant states in the country.

Iowa Hunting Seasons

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Season Start Date End Date
Bobcat
Bobcat
Bag limit 1. Requires special reporting and tagging.
Nov 5, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Coyote
Coyote
No limit. No closed season.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Youth
Sep 17, 2022 Oct 2, 2022
Deer
Deer – Early Archery
Non-residents need to apply for special permit.
Oct 1, 2022 Dec 2, 2022
Deer
Deer – Early Muzzleloader
Residents only.
Oct 15, 2022 Oct 23, 2022
Deer
Deer – First Shotgun
Non-residents need to apply for special permit.
Dec 3, 2022 Dec 7, 2022
Deer
Deer – Second Shotgun
Non-residents need to apply for special permit.
Dec 10, 2022 Dec 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – Late Archery
Non-residents need to apply for special permit.
Dec 19, 2022 Jan 10, 2023
Deer
Deer – Late Muzzleloader
Non-residents need to apply for special permit.
Dec 19, 2022 Jan 10, 2023
Deer
Deer – Nonresident Holiday
Non-residents need to apply for special permit.
Dec 24, 2022 Jan 2, 2023
Dove
Dove
Bag limit 15 per day.
Sep 1, 2022 Nov 29, 2022
Duck
Duck – Teal
Statewide. Bag limit 6 per day.
Sep 1, 2022 Sep 16, 2022
Duck
Duck – North Youth
Bag limit 6 per day.
Sep 24, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Duck
Duck – Central Youth
Bag limit 6 per day.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 2, 2022
Duck
Duck – Early North
Bag limit 6 per day.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 7, 2022
Duck
Duck – Early Central
Bag limit 6 per day.
Oct 8, 2022 Oct 14, 2022
Duck
Duck – South Youth
Bag limit 6 per day.
Oct 8, 2022 Oct 9, 2022
Duck
Duck – Early South
Bag limit 6 per day.
Oct 15, 2022 Oct 21, 2022
Duck
Duck – Late North
Bag limit 6 per day.
Oct 15, 2022 Dec 6, 2022
Duck
Duck – Late Central
Bag limit 6 per day.
Oct 22, 2022 Dec 13, 2022
Duck
Duck – Late South
Bag limit 6 per day.
Oct 29, 2022 Dec 20, 2022
Fox
Fox – Red and Gray
No limit.
Nov 5, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Goose
Goose – First North
Dark geese bag limit 5 per day. Light geese bag limit 20 per day.
Sep 24, 2022 Oct 9, 2022
Goose
Goose – First Central
Dark geese bag limit 5 per day. Light geese bag limit 20 per day.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 16, 2022
Goose
Goose – First South
Dark geese bag limit 5 per day. Light geese bag limit 20 per day.
Oct 8, 2022 Oct 23, 2022
Goose
Goose – Second North
Dark geese bag limit 5 per day. Light geese bag limit 20 per day.
Oct 15, 2022 Dec 6, 2022
Goose
Goose – Second Central
Dark geese bag limit 5 per day. Light geese bag limit 20 per day.
Oct 22, 2022 Dec 13, 2022
Goose
Goose – Second South
Dark geese bag limit 5 per day. Light geese bag limit 20 per day.
Oct 29, 2022 Dec 20, 2022
Goose
Goose – Third North
Dark geese bag limit 5 per day. Light geese bag limit 20 per day.
Dec 10, 2022 Jan 7, 2023
Goose
Goose – Third Central
Dark geese bag limit 5 per day. Light geese bag limit 20 per day.
Dec 17, 2022 Jan 14, 2023
Goose
Goose – Third South
Dark geese bag limit 5 per day. Light geese bag limit 20 per day.
Dec 24, 2022 Jan 21, 2023
Grouse
Ruffed Grouse
Bag limit 3 per day.
Oct 1, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Pheasant
Pheasant – Youth
Bag limit 1 per day.
Oct 22, 2022 Oct 23, 2022
Pheasant
Pheasant – Regular
Bag limit 3 per day.
Oct 29, 2022 Jan 10, 2023
Quail Game Type
Bobwhite Quail
Bag limit 8 per day.
Oct 29, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Rabbit
Rabbit – Cottontail
Bag limit 10 per day.
Sep 3, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Archery 1
Daily bag and season possession limit is one bearded or male wild turkey for each valid license and transportation tag issued to the hunter.
Oct 1, 2022 Dec 2, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Gun/Bow
Daily bag and season possession limit is one bearded or male wild turkey for each valid license and transportation tag issued to the hunter.
Oct 10, 2022 Dec 2, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Archery 2
Daily bag and season possession limit is one bearded or male wild turkey for each valid license and transportation tag issued to the hunter.
Dec 19, 2022 Jan 10, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Youth
Daily bag and season possession limit is one bearded or male wild turkey for each valid license and transportation tag issued to the hunter.
Apr 7, 2023 Apr 9, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Season 1
Non-residents need special permit.
Apr 10, 2023 Apr 13, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Archery
Resident hunters only.
Apr 10, 2023 May 14, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Season 2
Non-residents need special permit.
Apr 14, 2023 Apr 18, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Season 3
Non-residents need special permit.
Apr 19, 2023 Apr 25, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Season 4
Non-residents need special permit.
Apr 26, 2023 May 14, 2023
Upland Bird
Woodcock
Bag limit 3 per day.
Oct 1, 2022 Nov 14, 2022
Upland Bird
Gray Partridge
Bag limit 8 per day.
Oct 8, 2022 Jan 31, 2023

Iowa Licenses, Permits, and Regulations

Iowa hunting licenses, permits, and regulations for resident and non-resident hunters can be purchased on the official website of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Click below to view the website.

Hunting GPS Maps

Every Iowa hunter should have hunting GPS maps on hand. Iowa hunting maps are available from onX Hunt. With a paid membership you can access Satellite, Topo, or Hybrid Basemaps, over which you can view maps of non-resident deer zones, along with State, Forest Service, and other public and private property boundaries. You can view trails and roads, and even download maps to the Hunt App for use offline. Click below to get onX Hunt for Iowa.

Non-Resident Deer Zones

Iowa has 10 unique non-resident deer zones. Each of the 10 zones has different quotas for how many deer can be taken in a season. Those quotas generally range from 180 to 1,600 deer (including both sexes). Non-residents must apply for these tags each year. Click below to view Iowa’s non-resident deer zones in more detail through an interactive map.

Hunting Layers

IA Private Lands Preview

IA Private Lands

Over 1,500,000 parcels mapped by the onX team, this layer helps you know who the property owners are in Iowa. Tap any parcel to learn more info about the owner and acreage.

IA Gov Lands Preview

IA Gov Lands

onX has the most accurate public lands maps with over 1,000,000 acres in Iowa to help you plan your next adventure. Tap any public land parcel to learn more.

IA Possible Access Preview

IA Possible Access

onX has mapped 13,000 acres of possible access lands in Iowa including timber companies and land conservation groups. Research rules on these private lands before recreating.

IA Non-Resident Deer Zones Preview

IA Non-Resident Deer Zones

Iowa Non-Resident Deer Zones. Please hunt responsibly, obey all signage and have a safe legal hunt.

IA Habitat & Access Program (IHAP) Preview

IA Habitat & Access Program (IHAP)

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Habitat & Access Program. All hunters are expected to know the rules of the program. Please hunt responsibly and have a safe legal hunt.


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