Iowa's Inaugural Dove Season Closed Nov. 9

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Iowa’s inaugural dove hunting season has ended.  More than 22,000 hunters registered that they planned to hunt doves in during the 70-day long season that closed on Nov. 9. 

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct a survey from that group of hunters to determine participation and harvest estimates.

While the dove season has closed, hunters can still enjoy small game and upland species, like pheasants and rabbits, waterfowl, deer (archery) and wild turkey seasons. Iowa’s furbearer season opened Nov. 5. For a complete listing of hunting seasons, go to and click on the hunting tab.

For more information contact Todd Bogenschutz, Wildlife Research Biologist, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 515-432-2823.


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It will be intersting to see

It will be intersting to see the survey results as this was the first season ever in the state for doves. I remember reading that just like every new hunt that comes a along this one had people trying to get it stopped. It's good to see it went off without a hitch and hopefully everyone had a great and safe time out there hunting them. It's not very often a person can claim to be the first one at anything anymore.