Iowa Turkey Season Dates and Regulations


2023 Fall Turkey Hunting

  • Season Dates: Gun/Bow Oct 16 - Dec 1, 2023; Archery Only Oct 1 - Dec 1, 2023 & Dec 18 - Jan 10, 2024
  • License On-Sale Dates: Aug 15 - until quotas are filled
  • Shooting Hours: Gun/Bow - Half-hour before sunrise to sunset; Archery Only - Half-hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.

Note: Nonresidents are not eligible for fall turkey hunting licenses.

2024 Spring Turkey Hunting

  • Season Dates:
    • Youth Season (residents only) Apr 5 - 7, 2024
    • Season 1 Apr 8 - 11, 2024
    • Season 2 Apr 12 - 16, 2024
    • Season 3 Apr 17 - 23, 2024
    • Season 4 Apr 24 - May 12, 2024
    • Resident Archery-Only Apr 8 - May 12, 2024
  • Shooting Hours: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset.
  • Bag Limit: Daily bag and season possession limit is one bearded or male wild turkey for each valid license and transportation tag issued to the hunter.

The nonresident spring turkey application period is Jan. 1 to the last Sunday in January. The application is available in December.

Licenses go on sale August 15.

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