Iowa Bird Hunting

Seasons Span October 6 –
January 31, 2019

Iowa Bird Hunting 

Resident License Fees:
$19

Non-Resident License Fees:
Annual $112

Special Permits:
Habitat Fee $13

Purchase License Online

Visit State DNR Website

*prior to hunting, always verify all local rules and regulations with the appropriate state agencies because these laws are continually changing and are often area specific

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State Drought Monitor – Upland hunting conditions are often highly dependent upon moisture for both habitat production and bird survival.

Ring-Necked Pheasant

Iowa Ring-Necked Pheasant Season

October 27 – January 10, 2019

Limits: 3 per day, 12 possession

Bobwhite Quail

Iowa Bobwhite Quail Season

October 27 – January 31, 2019

Limits: 8 per day, 16 possession

Ruffed Grouse

Iowa Ruffed Grouse Season

October 6 – January 31, 2019

Limits: 3 per day, 6 possession

 

Hungarian Partridge

Iowa Hungarian Partridge Season

October 13 – January 31, 2019

Limits: 8 per day, 16 possession

Pheasant Defying Drought….. For Now

There has been a lot of news about the terribly dry conditions across the bulk of the country this year. This news sparked many early negative predictions for the upland populations. If you read much about the lifecycle of upland birds though, most don’t require much water when they are young. So unlike harsh winters … Read more

Upland Monster

Bag Limits Creating Monsters

The first game bird bag limits in this country were established by the state of Iowa in 1878 as a way to protect remaining populations of Prairie Chicken, Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock. Iowa didn’t employ game wardens until nine years later, so it remains a mystery how such limits were enforced.* Today, bag limits are … Read more