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For: The Hunting Season: And the Times Are:
Upland and Small Game
Bobwhite Quail dates vary during the day*
Crow dates vary no restrictions
Gray Partridge dates vary during the day*
Mourning Dove dates vary one-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Pigeon dates vary no restrictions
Rabbit (Cottontail) dates vary sunrise to sunset
Rooster Pheasant dates vary during the day*
Ruffed Grouse dates vary sunrise to sunset
Squirrel (Fox and Gray) dates vary no restrictions
Migratory Game Birds** dates vary one-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Turkey
Turkey fall archery one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Turkey fall firearm one-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Deer
Deer all seasons one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Furbearers
Bobcat dates vary/until quota fills morning of first day*
Coyote continuous open season no restrictions
Groundhog continuous open season no restrictions
Raccoon dates vary morning of first day*
Opossum dates vary morning of first day*
Fox (Red and Gray) dates vary morning of first day*

*See the "Iowa Hunting and Trapping Regulations" for specific hunting and trapping hours.

**Woodcock hunting times are sunrise to sunset, which is the only exception to the migratory game bird hunting times.

For: The Trapping Season: And the Times Are:
Badger, Beaver, Coyote, Fox (Red and Gray), Mink, Muskrat, Opossum, Raccoon, Striped Skunk, Weasel dates vary morning of first day*
Bobcat, Otter dates vary/until quota fills morning of first day*

*See the "Iowa Hunting and Trapping Regulations" for specific hunting and trapping hours.