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Hunting in Iowa: 4 Animals To Hunt Year-Round

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Many people enjoy hunting in Iowa for big game species like elk and deer. However, when these choice game animals aren't in season, there are plenty of other game species open to hunting year-round.

Here are four of the species that are available for hunters year-round, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Hunting and Trapping Regulations.

1. Feral Hogs
The feral hog population is a growing concern in Iowa, according to the Iowa State University Forestry Extension Research office. These hogs can reach reproductive maturity as early as 6 months of age and breed up to twice a year. With a lifespan of approximately five years, the population growth rate for this nuisance invasive species is staggering. Hunters are encouraged to report sighting to the DNR by filling out a survey. The DNR encourages hunters to also kill these animals on sight. Although there are no tag fees or bag limit restrictions for killing this animal, hunters must possess either a resident or nonresident license, and pay the required habitat fee.

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2. Coyote
There are no restrictions on season dates when it comes to coyote hunting in Iowa. Shooting hours, daily bag limits, and possession limits are not restricted for this species. Hunters must possess either a valid hunting license or furharvester license to take this animal.

3. Groundhog
The groundhog has a continuous open hunting season. There are no restrictions placed on shooting hours, daily bag limits, or possession limits. This species may be taken with either a furharvester or hunting license.

4. Pigeon
Pigeons are open to hunt all year. There are no restrictions on shooting hours, daily bag limits, or possession limits. Many people enjoy hunting the pigeon because it can be challenging and enhance their hunting skills. Pigeons may be hunted within 100 yards of bridges or buildings.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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