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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