Another Strong Pheasant Season Expected Especially in Northwest Iowa

Sat 9-4-2021

(Des Moines)-- The pheasant season last year saw hunters take the second-highest number of pheasants in more than ten years — and the numbers are lining up for a repeat. 

DNR wildlife biologist Todd Bogenschutz oversees the roadside survey and says northwest Iowa could see some of the best hunting in years. He says southeastern and eastern Iowa saw fewer birds in this year’s survey — while the overall outlook pretty much mirrored 2020 with an average then of 20-point-three birds on each route, and this year they averaged 20-point-ones. 

The results showed three of the nine regions — northwest, north-central, west-central averaged at or more than 30 birds on each route — which hasn’t happened since 2007. 

He expects at minimum a repeat of the pheasant harvest from last year or a harvest of around that 250 to 300-thousand mark again. 

The pheasant season opens on October 30th.