2003-2004 Hunting Seasons Set

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The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) approved most hunting season dates for 2003 - 2004 at its February meeting. The waterfowl and fall turkey hunting seasons will be finalized at the Commission's August meeting.

Upland Game, Deer and Turkey

  • Youth Pheasant - Oct. 18 to 19
  • Pheasant - Oct. 25 to Jan. 10, 2004
  • Bobwhite Quail - Oct. 25 to Jan. 31, 2004
  • Gray Partridge - Oct. 11 to Jan. 31, 2004
  • Ruffed Grouse - Oct. 4 to Jan. 31, 2004
  • Rabbit (Cottontail) - Sept. 1 to Feb. 28, 2004
  • Rabbit (Jack) - Oct. 25 to Dec. 1
  • Squirrel (Fox and Gray) - Sept. 1 to Jan. 31, 2004
  • Groundhog - June 15 to Oct. 31
  • Crow - Oct. 15 to Nov. 30 and Jan. 14 to March 31, 2004
  • Pigeon (firearms) - Oct. 1 to March 31, 2004
  • Pigeon (trapping) - Continuous open season
  • Turkey (gun / bow) - April 14 to 17, April 18 to 22 (Iowa residents only), April 23 to 29, and April 30 to May 18
  • Turkey (bow only) - April 14 to May 18
  • Deer - Youth and Disabled Hunter Season - Sept. 20 to Oct. 5
  • Deer - Archery - Oct. 1 to Dec. 5, and Dec. 22 to Jan. 10, 2004
  • Deer - Early Muzzleloader - Oct. 11 to 19
  • Deer - Late Muzzleloader - Dec. 22 to Jan. 10, 2004
  • Deer - First Shotgun - Dec. 6 to 10
  • Deer - Second Shotgun - Dec. 13 to 21
  • Deer - Special Late Season - Jan. 11 to 19, 2004

Proposed Fall Turkey Season - Oct. 13 to Dec. 5

Proposed Migratory Game Bird and Waterfowl Seasons
North Zone

  • Ducks (except Canvasbacks and Pintails), Coots and Mergansers - Sept. 20 to 22 and Oct. 18 to Nov. 28
  • Canvasback Ducks - Closed Season
  • Pintails - Sept. 20 to 22 and Oct. 18 to Nov. 13
  • Youth Waterfowl Days - Oct. 11 to 12
  • Canada Geese, White-fronted Geese and Brant - Oct. 4 to Dec. 12
South Zone
  • Ducks (except Canvasbacks and Pintails), Coots and Mergansers - Oct. 4 to 6, and Oct. 25 to Dec. 5
  • Canvasback Ducks - Closed Season
  • Pintails - Oct. 4 to 6 and Oct. 25 to Nov. 20
  • Youth Waterfowl Days - Sept. 27 to 28
  • Canada Geese, White-fronted Geese and Brant - Oct. 4 to 26 and Nov. 8 to Dec. 24

Proposed Special Zone Canada Goose Season - Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City

  • Canada Geese only - Sept. 1 to 15
Proposed Statewide Waterfowl and Migratory Game Bird Seasons
  • Snow Geese (White and Blue phase) and Ross' Geese - Oct. 4 to Jan. 18, 2004 and Jan. 19, 2004 to April 15, 2004
  • Woodcock - Oct. 4 to Nov. 17
  • Snipe - Sept. 6 to Nov. 30
  • Rails (Sora and Virginia) - Sept. 6 to Nov. 14
Furbearer Hunting Seasons
  • Raccoon and Opossum - Nov. 1 to Jan. 31, 2004
  • Fox (Red and Gray) - Nov. 1 to Jan. 31, 2004
  • Coyote - Continuous open season
Furbearer Trapping Seasons
  • Mink, Muskrat, Raccoon, Weasel, Striped Skunk, Badger, Opossum, Fox (Red and Gray) and Coyote - Nov. 1 to Jan. 31, 2004
  • Beaver - Nov. 1 to April 15, 2004
  • Spotted Skunk (Civet Cat), Bobcat, Otter - Continuous closed season
Falconry - Proposed Migratory Game Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Seasons
  • Ducks and Coots - North Zone - Sept. 20 to 22, Oct. 18 to Nov. 28, Dec. 15 to Feb. 14, 2004. The season is open during the firearms season for ducks and coots from Dec. 15 until the total days of hunting equals 107 or Feb. 28, whichever comes first.
  • Ducks and Coots - South Zone - Oct. 4 to 6, Oct. 25 to Dec. 5, Dec. 15 to Feb. 14, 2004. The season is open during the firearms season for ducks and coots and from Dec. 15 until the total days of hunting equals 107 or Feb. 28, whichever comes first.
  • Geese - North Zone - Oct. 4 to Jan. 18, 2004
  • Geese - South Zone - Oct. 4 to Jan. 18, 2004
  • Rails (Sora and Virginia) - Sept. 6 to Dec. 21
  • Snipe - Sept. 6 to Dec. 21
  • Woodcock - Oct. 4 to Jan. 18, 2004
Falconry Hunting Seasons - Small Game
  • Pheasant (both sexes), Quail, Gray Partridge, Ruffed Grouse and Jack Rabbit - Oct. 1 to March 31, 2003
  • Cottontail Rabbit and Squirrel - Sept. 1 to March 31, 2004