Peterson Park

Hunting at Peterson Park

Peterson Park is a 200 acres public hunting area with upland, waterfowl, and woodland species.  Hunting is permitted only with shotgun, bow, and black-powder rifle; trapping is allowed.  No target shooting is allowed. Only non-toxic ammunition is allowed on this area. Please remember to get permission when hunting within 200 yards of any occupied building, even when hunting on public land.  

All state hunting laws apply.  Hunters must possess the proper license(s).   For a complete listing of all state hunting regulations, visit or contact the IDNR in Des Moines at 515-281-5918.

Pets must be on leashes at all times.  Pets shall be deemed as running at large unless the owner carries such animal or leads it by a leash or chain not exceeding six feet in length, or keeps it confined in or attached to a vehicle. Hunting dogs are permitted in designated hunting areas for training, exercise, or hunting, but must be kept on leashes from March 15 to July 15 to protect nesting birds and must be kept under control at all times.


55756 180th Street, Ames, IA  50010


Park hours are 5:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. daily.


This area is open year round.