Northwest Iowa — With the start of the fall pheasant hunting season this weekend, Todd Bogenshutz of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says an August Roadside Survey shows that the state’s pheasant population has increased by 37% over last year, with northwest Iowa having among the highest pheasant densities in the state.
Bogenschutz says around 50,000 hunters participated in Iowa’s pheasant hunting season last year — up from 40,000 the previous year.
A good number of pheasants can be found statewide, according to Bogenschutz, but there are areas with thicker populations.
He says lower pheasant counts were recorded in southwest, south central and northeast Iowa. Iowa’s pheasant hunting season this year starts this Saturday, October 31st and continues through Sunday, January 10th.