Doolittle Prairie

Hunting at Doolittle Prairie

The 43 acre prairie is a designated public hunting area.  Hunting and trapping are allowed.  No target shooting is allowed.  Please remember to get permission when hunting within 200 yards of any occupied building, even when hunting on public land.  

Only non-toxic shot is allowed.

All state hunting laws apply.  Hunters must possess the proper license(s).  For a complete listing of all state hunting regulations, visit www. 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.


14249 560th Avenue, Story City, IA  50248


The prairie is divided into two tracts. The northern tract, Plover Tract, is owned by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and is managed by Story County Conservation.  This 24-acre tract has six natural potholes, native prairie areas, and shrub thickets.  It has been managed by the conservation board since 1980 and is a state public hunting area.

The southern tract, Matheason Tract, is owned by Story County Conservation. It was purchased with assistance from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.  This 16-acre tract has three potholes and is being restored to native prairie species.  The entire area is open to public hunting.




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


This area is open year round.  Please be aware of school groups using the prairie as an outdoor classroom.