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Pheasant hunters gearing up for highly anticipated season opener

Pheasant hunters gearing up for highly anticipated season opener

  • 10/20/2020 12:54:00 PM
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Tens of thousands of hunters in blaze orange will take to the fields when Iowa’s pheasant season opens Oct. 31. And with pheasant populations on par with the best counts in the past decade, including six of the nine survey regions averaging more than 20 pheasants per route - the most since 2007, hunters can afford to be optimistic.
Iowa pheasant survey results show popular game bird numbers up significantly

Iowa pheasant survey results show popular game bird numbers up significantly

  • 9/4/2020 9:42:00 AM
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Iowa’s recently completed annual pheasant survey is great news for hunters – statewide, Iowa averaged 20.2 birds per 30-mile route, up significantly from 2019, with six of the nine survey regions averaging more than 20 pheasants per route, the most since 2007.
Iowa pheasant population survey begins Aug. 1

Iowa pheasant population survey begins Aug. 1

  • 7/21/2020 12:42:00 PM
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The positive impact Iowa’s mild winter and reasonably dry spring has had on pheasant nesting success will likely be seen when the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conducts its annual roadside pheasant counts between Aug. 1-15.
Iowa’s 2020 pheasant nesting outlook positive after mild winter

Iowa’s 2020 pheasant nesting outlook positive after mild winter

  • 6/16/2020 1:42:00 PM
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Iowa’s recent mild winter and dryer than normal April and May could lead to positive results for pheasant hunters this fall. Hen survival increases during mild winters, and more hens mean more nests and more nests typically means more pheasants in the fall.
Pheasant hunting on Thanksgiving as traditional as pumpkin pie

Pheasant hunting on Thanksgiving as traditional as pumpkin pie

  • 11/19/2019 2:00:00 PM
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For many Iowans, a Thanksgiving Day pheasant hunt is as much a part of the holiday tradition as football, battling over the last turkey leg and an afternoon nap, and this year’s outing may be one of the best.
Pheasant hunters hoping for a repeat of 2018 season

Pheasant hunters hoping for a repeat of 2018 season

  • 10/22/2019 3:40:00 PM
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Last year, Iowa pheasant hunters bagged more roosters than they had in the last decade. With that fresh in their memory, how will the 2019 pheasant season measure up?
Iowa’s pheasant population steady, quail down

Iowa’s pheasant population steady, quail down

  • 8/27/2019 11:48:00 AM
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Iowa’s pheasant hunters should expect to find a similar number of birds as last year, with the exception of south central and southeast Iowa, where the pheasant population decline was more significant.
Iowa pheasant population survey begins Aug. 1

Iowa pheasant population survey begins Aug. 1

  • 7/23/2019 12:35:00 PM
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The extent of impact that a cold and snowy late winter and heavy rains and flooding in April and May had on pheasant nesting success will likely be seen when the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conducts its annual pheasant counts.
2019 pheasant season likely impacted by February winter storm

2019 pheasant season likely impacted by February winter storm

  • 2/26/2019 11:42:00 AM
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Story after story on TV, the radio and in newspapers detailed the historic winter storm that swept across northern and western Iowa last weekend, stranding vehicles and closing roads for days. Drivers were warned repeatedly to stay off the roads because not doing so was “taking your life into your own hands.”
2018 pheasant season off to a good start

2018 pheasant season off to a good start

  • 11/20/2018 11:53:00 AM
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Three weeks into the pheasant season and hunters are finding success similar to the August roadside survey forecast – good hunting in central and north central Iowa; spotty hunting in southern Iowa.
Lake Shawtee becoming not-so-secret pheasant and quail hunting spot

Lake Shawtee becoming not-so-secret pheasant and quail hunting spot

  • 10/9/2018 1:04:00 PM
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Imogene, Iowa - A 1,200-acre grassland in northeast Fremont County has been hosting pheasant and quail hunters since the late 1980s. Positioned in southern Iowa’s quail belt, Lake Shawtee is in the region with the highest quail counts in the state, and that saw its pheasant counts rise to the second highest in a decade.
Iowa’s pheasant population second highest in a decade

Iowa’s pheasant population second highest in a decade

  • 8/28/2018 11:32:00 AM
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BOONE - Iowa’s pheasant hunters can expect to find more birds this fall when they head to the fields, predict state wildlife experts. That forecast is based on the recently completed statewide population survey of pheasants, quail, partridge, cottontail rabbits and jackrabbits.
Iowa pheasant population survey begins Aug. 1

Iowa pheasant population survey begins Aug. 1

  • 7/31/2018 1:41:00 PM
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The extent of impact that a late winter and heavy rains and flooding in northern Iowa in June and July had on pheasant nesting success will likely be seen when the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conducts its annual pheasant counts.
Iowa’s pheasant hunting season opens Oct 28

Iowa’s pheasant hunting season opens Oct 28

  • 10/24/2017 1:44:00 PM
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An estimated 50,000 blaze orange-clad hunters will dot Iowa’s countryside at 8 a.m. on Oct. 28, for the opening of Iowa’s 2017 pheasant hunting season.
Pheasant hunters should expect a repeat of 2016

Pheasant hunters should expect a repeat of 2016

  • 8/31/2017 1:39:00 PM
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It happens about as often as a total eclipse, but results from the Iowa roadside pheasant survey, conducted during the first two weeks of August, are not lining up with what is being reported from the field and by landowners from around the state.
Tieville Bend Wildlife Area is western Iowa’s secret hunting hot spot

Tieville Bend Wildlife Area is western Iowa’s secret hunting hot spot

  • 8/29/2017 1:08:00 PM
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The parking lot of the Super 8 at I-29 and Hwy. 175 fills each fall with trucks pulling boats covered with duck blinds. For hunters, the bread and butter at Tieville Bend is the fall duck migration and if you want to know how the hunting is, go to Onawa and stop in Dave’s World Truck Stop and Restaurant, Suds and Jugs, or Millers Kitchen.
Kick up your game with pheasant phried rice

Kick up your game with pheasant phried rice

  • 1/5/2017 9:48:00 AM
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If you're looking for a way to shake up the old stew routine with pheasant, adding wild game to a classic stir fry is a great way to start!
Pheasant hunting: The perfect day

Pheasant hunting: The perfect day

  • 10/18/2016 1:49:00 PM
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For a lot of hunters, there is one special time among all of your hunting trips that stands out as having been perfect, a day of pure bliss when all the stars line up just right and everything connects at just the right time and in just the right place.
Think safety before opening day

Think safety before opening day

  • 10/18/2016 12:21:00 PM
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Hunters heading to the field for the opening weekend of pheasant season are encouraged to review safe hunting practices before they head out.
Iowa’s pheasant season begins October 29

Iowa’s pheasant season begins October 29

  • 10/18/2016 12:16:00 PM
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Iowa’s pheasant hunting tradition will begin another chapter on October 29, when nearly 60,000 hunters will pursue ringnecks during the season opening weekend in fields across the state.
Iowa Pheasant Population Similar to 2015, Quail Highest in 27 Years

Iowa Pheasant Population Similar to 2015, Quail Highest in 27 Years

  • 8/30/2016 11:34:00 AM
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State officials covered more than 6,000 miles of county roads counting upland game during the first two weeks of August and after all the species were counted, data compiled and numbers crunched, what can Iowa pheasant hunters expect to find this fall?
Annual Pheasant Survey Begins August 1

Annual Pheasant Survey Begins August 1

  • 7/19/2016 1:21:00 PM
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Iowa’s 15-day annual pheasant population survey begins on Aug. 1, and wildlife experts say all indicators are pointing to a stable to increasing population of the popular game bird.
Iowa Pheasant Harvest Highest Since 2009, Quail Highest Since 2007

Iowa Pheasant Harvest Highest Since 2009, Quail Highest Since 2007

  • 6/8/2016 9:58:00 AM
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Iowa’s estimated pheasant harvest continues its climb and for the fifth year in a row has been higher than the previous year. In 2015, more than 56,000 hunters harvested nearly 270,000 rooster pheasants in Iowa, which is an increased harvest of 24 percent over 2014 and the highest pheasant harvest since 2009.
Hook and Hunt University at Pheasants Forever State Convention

Hook and Hunt University at Pheasants Forever State Convention

  • 1/12/2016 10:19:00 AM
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Efforts to create the next generation of Iowa hunters will be the focus of the Hook and Hunt University during Iowa Pheasants Forever state convention, Jan. 29-30, at the Prairie Meadows Hotel and Casino in Altoona.
Remaining Hunting Seasons Starting to Close

Remaining Hunting Seasons Starting to Close

  • 12/29/2015 6:54:00 AM
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Iowa’s pheasant, late muzzleloader and archery deer, and archery fall turkey seasons close on Jan. 10. Furbearer seasons, squirrel, quail, partridge and grouse remain open until Jan. 31.
Move Over, Turkey: Pheasant for Thanksgiving

Move Over, Turkey: Pheasant for Thanksgiving

  • 11/24/2015 6:48:00 AM
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With pheasant numbers up, it's time to not only reinstate the annual Thanksgiving pheasant hunt tradition, but to put one on the table for the big holiday meal, too.
Youth Pheasant Hunters See More Birds

Youth Pheasant Hunters See More Birds

  • 10/27/2015 8:37:00 AM
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Iowa’s youth only pheasant ended Sunday with varying degrees of success but with a consistent theme from hunters who participated – they were seeing more birds.
Think Safety Before Opening Day

Think Safety Before Opening Day

  • 10/20/2015 8:10:00 AM
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Hunters heading to the field for the opening weekend of pheasant season are encouraged to review safe hunting practices before they head out.
Hunter Interest Growing Ahead of Iowa's Pheasant Season

Hunter Interest Growing Ahead of Iowa's Pheasant Season

  • 10/20/2015 8:07:00 AM
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Iowa’s eight year high in pheasant population is likely the reason that Todd Bogenschutz’s phone mail is filled with messages from hunters looking for more information ahead of the opening of pheasant season on Oct. 31.
Iowa's Youth Enjoy Special Pheasant Season Oct 24-25

Iowa's Youth Enjoy Special Pheasant Season Oct 24-25

  • 10/13/2015 10:35:00 AM
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Participants this year may experience higher success than in year past based on two factors: the crop harvest is running ahead of schedule and the pheasant population is its highest in the last eight years.
Online Hunting Atlas Offers Pheasant Hunters Places to Go

Online Hunting Atlas Offers Pheasant Hunters Places to Go

  • 10/13/2015 10:31:00 AM
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Des Moines – Iowa hunters have been using the interactive Iowa hunting atlas to find new places to go hunting. The hunting atlas features more than 600,000 acres of public hunting land that is owned by the state, county or federal governments. It’s available online.
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