The results from the D-N-R’s annual roadside survey show a 15 percent increase in the number of pheasants counted this year. Wildlife research biologist, Todd Bogenschutz says they counted 23 birds for each route.
Iowa’s weather has a big impact on pheasant numbers, and Bogenschutz says a mild winter coupled with a good spring weather for the hatch are paying off.
Bogenschutz says we’re probably looking at a harvest of around 300 to 400-thousand roosters this year, which would be one of the better seasons.
The hunter numbers this year will be around 60-thousand.
The youth pheasant season is October 21st and 22nd. The regular season opens on October 28th and runs through January 10th, 2024.