DNR Roadside Survey Shows Pheasant Counts Up In Most Of Iowa Except NW Iowa

Wed 8-29-2018

(Undated)-- Results of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' roadside survey indicates the state's pheasant population increased in every nine county region except northwest Iowa where it posted a 1 percent decline from last year.

Overall, the survey counted an average of 21 birds per 30 mile route statewide. Officials say that translates to an estimated harvest this fall of 250,000 to 300,000 roosters.

The survey is conducted annually August 1st through the 15th and has used the same routes since 1962.

DNR officials say the 2018 count statewide was an increase over 15 birds per route in 2017. However, Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife research biologist for the DNR, says dry conditions in 2017 likely didn't accurately reflect the pheasant population and when adjusted for the lack of dew the population would be similar, but still slightly lower than 2018.

To see an electronic version of the August roadside survey and game distribution maps, click here.