Pheasants, quail, cottontail rabbits, and squirrels are Iowa's most popular upland game species. The Upland Wildlife Research Unit monitors yearly harvest and populations, as well as providing information to landowners and hunters.
Upland Game Report: A Review of Iowa's Upland Game Bird Populations
What has the DNR done regarding low pheasant populations?
The Ring-necked Pheasant in Iowa - Farris 1977 (13 MB)
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Life History Information:
Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus)
Hungarian Partridge (Perdix perdix)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
White-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus townsendii)
Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopovo)
Cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus)
What we know about upland wildlife:
Pheasants- What We Know About Nesting
Pheasants - Effects of Weather and Habitat on Pheasant Survival (4 Part News Media Series)
Pheasants - What We Know About Weather
Pheasants - Summary of Recent Weather and Pheasant Trends in Iowa
Pheasants - Effect of Hunting Seasons on Populations
- Dove Hunting
- Habitat Programs for Landowners:
They Gotta' Have Cover
Three Iowa farmers rap about the pheasant habitat they’ve planted and nurtured to shelter and feed pheasant throughout the year. It’s a quick tutorial: Grass 10 to 12 inches high is needed for nesting cover; flowering native plants attract insects which provide the protein hatchlings need for growth; and food plots that provide seed and cover during the winter months. The following video premiered at the 2014 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa.
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