Pheasant And Quail Seasons Now Open

Northwest Iowa — Blaze orange-clad hunters have started to dot Iowa’s countryside. Iowa’s 2017 pheasant hunting season opened this Saturday. So did the 2017 quail season.

This annual event melds generations of Iowans who reconnect with their hunting heritage. While most hunters will generally only spend the first week or two in the field, those who venture out later will likely be rewarded with success.

Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife research biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says that hunters can expect to find similar bird numbers to last year, but the October rain has the harvest running behind schedule so opening weekend may not be as successful as years past. He does say, however, that a late harvest could lead to success later in the season.

We talked with Iowa DNR Conservation Officer John Sells who tells us no rules have changed for this year.


Sells emphasizes that blaze orange requirement. He says it saves lives.


Pheasant season goes until January 10th, with quail season goes until January 31st. Check iowadnr.gov for more information including rules and regulations, safety information, and the locations of public hunting areas.

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