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Skunk River Flats

Hunting Hunting at Skunk River Flats

The Skunk River Flats is a 117 acre public hunting area with upland species.  A small area of floodplain forest is present near the Skunk River, but the area is mostly reconstructed prairie with a small restored wetland.  A parking area is provided and a mowed perimeter path is present.   Hunting and trapping are allowed.  No target shooting is allowed.

All state hunting laws apply.  Hunters must possess  the proper license(s).   Please remember to get permission when hunting within 200 yards of any occupied building, even when hunting on public land.  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.