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Pheasant Season Opens October 31

By Staff | Oct 22, 2009

BOONE – Iowa’s pheasant and quail hunting seasons open on October 3.

Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife research biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, recommends pheasant hunters take a look at the August roadside survey counts as counts were variable across the state. The counts can be viewed online at www.iowadnr.gov.

“We saw only slight improvements in pheasant populations south of Hwy. 20, and large declines north of Hwy. 20,” said Bogenschutz. “It will definitely not be one of our better years, but there will still be good hunting where we have good habitat,” said Bogenschutz. He expects hunters will still harvest around 300,000 roosters. Iowa’s special 2-day resident only youth pheasant season opens Oct. 24-25.