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Historic Pheasant Book Now Available Online
Posted: 03/19/2013
BOONE – The original and historic accounts of ring-necked pheasant in Iowa published in 1977 is now available electronically at

The book was written by then Iowa Conservation Commission upland game biologist Al Farris and has been out of print for decades.  The electronic version of “The Ring-Necked Pheasant in Iowa” allows users to navigate and search specific details within the file.  It can also be read aloud to the viewer.

“The book presents many ideas, challenges, and solutions from the past that are still discussed today, but without the changes over time in landscape and culture,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “This is an excellent perspective of where we’ve come from and of lessons learned.”

The book addresses nearly every historic aspect of pheasants in Iowa including how pheasants arrived, dispersed, the first hunting season and bag limits, early management issues, and more. 

“We get requests for this book each year and refer to it often,” said Bogenschutz.