During the Iowa Muzzleloader Hunting Season, flintlock or percussion cap muzzleloading rifles or muskets between .44 and .775 caliber shooting single projectiles; muzzleloading pistols .44 caliber or larger with a minimum barrel length of 4 inches and no shoulder stock or long barrel modifications. Muzzleloaders equipped with electronic ignition are not allowed. There are no restrictions on in-line or disk-type muzzleloaders. Riflescopes may also be used.

Iowa Muzzleloader Hunting Season 2022-2023

2022 SeasonsSeason DatesLicense On-Sale Dates
Youth SeasonSept 17 – Oct 2, 2022Aug 15 – End of Season
Archery Season, Early SplitOct 1 – Dec 2, 2022Aug 15 – End of Season
Archery Season, Late SplitDec 19 – Jan 10, 2023Aug 15 – End of Season
Early Muzzleloader (residents only)Oct 15 – 23, 2022Aug 15 – End of Season (until quota is reached)
Late MuzzleloaderDec 19 – Jan 10, 2023Aug 15 – End of Season
Shotgun, Season 1Dec 3 – 7, 2022Aug 15 – End of Season
Shotgun, Season 2Dec 10 – 18, 2022Aug 15 – End of Season
Nonresident Holiday SeasonDec 24 – Jan 2, 2023Aug 15 – End of Season (until quota is reached)

Iowa Muzzleloader Hunting Season Regulations

Shooting hours for all deer seasons are half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset.

The popular Iowa Muzzleloader Hunting Season is an opportunity for hunters to pursue deer using muzzle loading rifles or pistols. Muzzleloader hunters should remember that well camouflaged bowhunters and others who enjoy the fall countryside will be sharing the woods with them. Hunting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset and muzzleloader hunters are required to wear blaze orange during the Iowa Muzzleloader Hunting Season.

All deer taken must be reported using the harvest reporting system by midnight the day after the deer is recovered. Accurately reporting your kill is an important part of the deer management program in Iowa, playing a vital role in managing deer populations and future hunting opportunities. Hunters can report their deer online, by calling 1-800-771-4692 or at any license vendor. For hunters with Internet access, the online reporting of your harvest is the easiest way to register your deer.

This information is subject to change, for more information visit the IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

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