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Iowa pheasants strong; quail highest in 27 years



This news story was published on September 4, 2016.
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pheasantDES MOINES – DNR wildlife staff covered 6,000 miles of county roads during the first two weeks of August to count upland game populations. So what are they predicting for fall pheasant hunting in Iowa?

A repeat of last year, and as Iowa hunters know, that’s a good thing.

The survey found an average of 21 pheasants per 30-mile route statewide. In 2015, the statewide average was 24 pheasants per route.

“Our pheasant population is similar to 2007 when we harvested 630,000 roosters,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland game biologist. “The birds are here, we need hunters to return.”

Iowa’s quail population has been on the rise and is now at its highest since 1989, especially across south-central and southwest Iowa.

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10 Responses to Iowa pheasants strong; quail highest in 27 years

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 7, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Who was that guy on tv that said obanna was the son of a whore? – sad he also left out son of a communist father.

  2. Sad But True Reply Report comment

    September 6, 2016 at 6:48 am

    The land has been raped, the pheasants are gone forever

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 6, 2016 at 6:52 am

      It is nothing like it used to be. They have plowed under a lot of habitat and pick the corn so close (to save money) there is no cover and little food left.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 5, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Sell those licenses and collect those fees! Numbers are down across the state and an article like this comes out? Money, greed, and praying on our ignorance.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 5, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Hunting in Iowa is more and more for the elite – they rent the best hunting areas for their clubs (etc) the rest is mostly barren ground that habitat cannot survive on.. Farmers get money from the government – money from reningt out their land -money for renting their land out to hunters – look around – when was the last time you seen a poor farmer or for that fact an Iowa politician who did not own farm land ? ..Just saying.

    • 12345678910guy Reply Report comment

      September 5, 2016 at 8:42 am

      SIR or madam, you are partiality correct. The other factors are the limited areas of public land, now before someone jumps on me saying there is plenty of public land (check the facts to other states) limited space and boring to repeat, but also cram hunters chasing all game open in season in those small areas makes it a challenge to species hunt.And lets not forget overall cost, license, shells, gas to get there and back. younger kids not wanting to learn and older hunters saying what’s the use.
      Debbie Downer rant of the day

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 5, 2016 at 7:34 am

    And ! If yu like your insurance company you can keep it. Trump the truth sayer all the rest of the demoratic lies we have heard and we have paid dearly for their Anti American policies.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 5, 2016 at 7:45 am

      What does your asinine rant have to do with pheasants & quail?
      Dumbass.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        September 5, 2016 at 7:48 am

        Because it is true. You are just not smart enough to understand it.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          September 5, 2016 at 7:51 am

          LVS, put on a fresh “depends”, have some more prunes and go back to bed you stupid old coot.