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Iowa’s pheasant hunting season opens this weekend & it’ll be busy

Pheasant hunters will hit Iowa’s forests and fields starting this (Saturday) morning at 8 o’clock, shortly after sunrise. Todd Bogenshutz, a wildlife biologist with the D-N-R in Boone, is predicting a busy morning as the forecast calls for a sunny fall day for much of the state.

Based on the agency’s roadside counts, northwest Iowa looks particularly promising for pheasant populations this year, while southeast Iowa may be lesser, though he says “they average out.” Iowa’s growing seasons are wrapping up just as hunting season begins, which Bogenshutz says is ideal.

Bogenshutz says there are some key rules to always follow during the hunt.

When hunting in groups, he says it’s vital to make a plan and follow it. Iowa’s pheasant season runs through January 10th. Learn more at

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