Pheasant Hunting Better Than Expected in Some Parts of the State
Posted: 01/03/2014
Late-season pheasant hunters are reporting better-than-expected hunts in parts of Iowa.

“We are hearing pretty consistent reports from DNR field staff in northwest, north-central, central and west-central counties that bird numbers are better than originally expected,” says Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife research biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. 

Excerpts from recent reports include:
“Where well-managed habitat is present, hunters are finding birds,” says Bogenschutz. “Particularly well-managed winter cover. Success has been best around public lands with cattails and food plots, or private lands with well-managed grasslands and food plots.”

Landowners interested in providing good winter cover and nesting habitat for pheasants should contact DNR private lands biologists and ask about Iowa’s new Pheasant Recovery CRP practice. To find a nearby private lands biologist, call 515-281-5918.

Pheasant season is open through Friday, Jan. 10.  Hunters are reminded to use caution and be prepared when hunting in current extreme temperatures.