Mild weather expected to boost Iowa pheasant numbers


DES MOINES, Iowa- Wildlife experts in the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say the mild winter, and dryer-than-normal spring, could be very good news for pheasant hunters this fall.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says conditions have been good for hen survival and nesting.

The winter snow-fall average was seven inches below normal, and the spring was cool, but more dry than normal. The D-N-R's been getting reports of early and large pheasant broods.

Experts say a typical nest may have 10-12 eggs, and early to mid-June is the chief hatching time.

(Photo of pheasant nest with 17-eggs from Iowa DNR)