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Iowa Waterfowl Hunting

Season/Zone Dates Notes
September Teal North: Sep 3 – Sep 11
South: Sep 3 – Sep 11
MO River: Sep 3 – Sep 18
September Canada Goose Sep 3 – Sep 11 Only in designated zones around Des Moines, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, and Cedar Falls/Waterloo.
Ducks, Coots & Mergansers
Sep 24 – Oct 2
Oct 15 – Dec 4
Youth: Sep 17-18
North of a line beginning on the South Dakota-Iowa border at I-29, southeast to State Hwy 175, east to State Hwy 37, southeast to State Hwy 183, northeast to State Hwy 141, east to US-30, and along US-30 to the Iowa-Illinois border.
Ducks, Coots & Mergansers
Oct 1 – Oct 5
Oct 22 – Dec 15
Youth: Sep 24-25
Remainder of the state not in the North or Missouri River Zones
Ducks, Coots & Mergansers
Missouri River
Oct 8 – Oct 9
Oct 22 – Dec 18
Youth: Oct 1-2
All lands and waters in Iowa west of I-29 and north of Hwy 175.
All youth hunts statewide: Open to licensed hunters ages 15 and under, accompanied by a licensed non-hunting adult at least 18 years old.
Dark Geese
Canada, Brant, White-fronted
Sep 24 – Oct 9
Oct 15 – Jan 4
Dark Geese
Canada, Brant, White-fronted
Oct 1 – Oct 9
Oct 22 – Jan 18
Dark Geese
Canada, Brant, White-fronted
Missouri River
Oct 8 – Oct 16
Oct 22 – Jan 18
Light Geese
Snow, Blue, Ross’s
Sep 24 – Oct 9
Oct 15 – Jan 13
Light Geese
Snow, Blue, Ross’s
Oct 1 – Oct 9
Oct 22 – Jan 27
Light Geese
Snow, Blue, Ross’s
Missouri River
Oct 8 – Oct 16
Oct 22 – Jan 27
Light Goose Conservation Order Jan 28 – Apr 15 Unplugged shotguns and electronic calls are permitted

Additional Information

Bag Limit Species/Season Daily Limit
Possession limit: 3 times daily bag limit
Duck 6, including no more than:

  • 4 mallards (max. 2 female)
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 2 redheads
  • 3 scaup
  • 2 pintail
  • 1 black duck
  • 2 canvasback
Coot 15
Merganser 5, including no more than 2 hooded mergansers
Teal 6, limited to blue-winged, green-winged and cinnamon teal during September Teal season
Dark Goose
Canada, White-fronted, Brant
5, including no more than 2 Canada geese from Sep 24-Oct 31, and no more than 3 Canada geese from Nov 1 through the end of the season.
September Canada Goose 5
Light Goose 20, no possession limit
Light Goose Conservation Order No bag or possession limit
Hunting Times Area/Season Times
Statewide 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
September Teal Sunrise to sunset
Light Goose Conservation Order 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset
Arms & Ammo Type Details
Shotgun 10 gauge or smaller, incapable of holding more than three shells
Shot Must be non-toxic