Northwest Iowa — State wildlife officials don’t have complete numbers yet, but early indications are the state’s pheasant population has solidly recovered from several down years and hunting season is off to a great start. Todd Bogenschutz of the Iowa Department of Natural Resorces, says there were no reports of any pheasant hunter injuries, while weather conditions varied across Iowa for the opening weekend.
Bogenschutz says hunter numbers were up for the first weekend, especially here in northwest Iowa.
Around 50,000 hunters participated in Iowa’s pheasant hunting season last year, up from 40,000 the previous year. Bogenschutz says we may hit 60,000 or more this year. Iowa’s pheasant hunting season opened last weekend and runs through January 10th.