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Iowa: Pheasant Numbers at All Time Low

Pheasant numbers in Iowa have dropped to an all-time low and state environmental officials are saying
another winter with above-normal snowfall and a wet spring are to blame for the declining pheasant population.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the state's pheasant population has fallen to an average of seven birds counted for each 30 mile route driven. That's down from 11 birds per route in 2010.

Officials with the DNR say last winter was the fifth in a row with above normal snowfall followed by a wet nesting season.

They say the drop in pheasant numbers isn't restricted to Iowa. Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska also have seen decreases in pheasant numbers.

The pheasant hunting season in Iowa begins October 29 and runs through January 10.



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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-08-2011, 01:14 AM
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Re: Iowa: Pheasant Numbers at All Time Low

6 yrs ago the counts were 50 plus in the northwest and hunting was great. looks like a map from [censored] this year. last two years been hunting in SD, down 34 percent where we hunt but worth making a trip and seeing some friends and running the dog.
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but worth making a trip and seeing some friends and running the dog.
It ain't all about the shooting.

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Re: Iowa: Pheasant Numbers at All Time Low

Iíve hunted the south west region of North Dakota the past two years. I had great success. I called the rancher where we stay and he said it is the worst year for pheasant numbers he has seen in a long time. The few that he has seen while riding the combine can barely fly due to a late second hatch. He also said that they got hit by a snow storm in January that dropped 122 inches of snow. The snow didnít melt until April. He also said he is still mowing grass which very rare. Normally their yard is brown by now due to lack of rain. Oh well hopefully the weather patterns change next year!!!
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