Iowa's pheasant season opens this weekend

Pheasant hunting season begins in Iowa tomorrow (Saturday), October 28th.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is predicting similar bird numbers compared to last year.   Upland wildlife research biologist Todd Bogenschutz says October rain may have an impact though so this weekend may not be as successful as in years past.  

He says hunters may have better luck later in the season.

The D-N-R estimates 50-thousand people will take part in pheasant hunting season in Iowa.

Last year hunters took about 250-thousand roosters.

D-N-R Safety Officer Jeff Barnes tells WHO Radio News pheasant populations should be pretty good. He's reminding hunters that there's a lot of corn standing, providing plenty of hiding spots for pheasants, and possibly some visual hazards for hunters trying to avoid each other.

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