DNR Counts All-Time Low Pheasant Numbers in Iowa

It was the year of an incumbent dove season, but Iowa upland hunters won't necessarily celebrate similarly for the pheasant season opener. According to RadioIowa.com, a recent roadside survey done by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources showed that the pheasant population is at its lowest ever.

The D.N.R.'s roadside survey found an average of 7 birds counted for each 30 miles driven, compared to 11 birds per route last year. After five consecutive winters of heavy snowfall, the birds lack the habitat they used to have.

However, this isn't a new trend: According to RadioIowa, the South Dakota pheasant population is down 46%, Minnesota is down 64% and Nebraska counted 20% fewer birds than last year.

For Iowa hunters, an out-of-state pheasant hunt might not be a bad idea to ensure dogs get to work some big roosters this season.


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 4

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 4

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 4

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 6

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 6

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 6

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 10

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 10

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 10

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 14

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 14

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 14

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Gun Dog Editors Pick Their Favorite Travel Crates and Kennels for 2017
Today's gun dogs ride in Accessories

11 Perfect Dog Crates and Kennels

Tony J. Peterson - October 09, 2017

Gun Dog Editors Pick Their Favorite Travel Crates and Kennels for 2017 Today's gun dogs ride...

Kyle Wintersteen does a dog breed comparison on Chessies and Labs. See how these two breeds stack up. Profiles

Dog Breed Comparison: Chessies vs. Labs

Kyle Wintersteen

Kyle Wintersteen does a dog breed comparison on Chessies and Labs. See how these two breeds...

A gun-shy dog is created, not born, and once the damage is done, gun-shyness can prove impossible to cure. Puppies

Introduce Your Pup To Gunfire The Right Way

Gun Dog Online Staff

A gun-shy dog is created, not born, and once the damage is done, gun-shyness can prove...

In the market for a new upland shotgun? Here you'll find shotguns to fit every pocketbook and every style, from side-by-sides and over/unders to semi autos. Shotguns & Ammo

Best New Upland Shotguns

John Taylor - September 10, 2018

In the market for a new upland shotgun? Here you'll find shotguns to fit every pocketbook and...

See More Trending Articles

More Upland Bird

The pursuit of Alaska Sharptails on the last frontier is a most worthy upland endeavor. Upland Bird

In Pursuit of Alaska Sharptails

James M. McCann - April 11, 2018

The pursuit of Alaska Sharptails on the last frontier is a most worthy upland endeavor.

Backpacking at 12,000 feet in western Colorado for elusive white mountain birds. Upland Bird

The Ptarmigan Summit

Kali Parmley - February 13, 2018

Backpacking at 12,000 feet in western Colorado for elusive white mountain birds.

A couple decades ago, I had a friendship with an unusual gentleman named Datus Proper. Datus lived Upland Bird

Slow Down (Let Your Dog Work)

Dave Carty - August 18, 2016

A couple decades ago, I had a friendship with an unusual gentleman named Datus Proper. Datus...

Modern tech can help you find more ringnecks. Upland Bird

How to Hunt Pheasants on Public Land with Map Apps

Tony J. Peterson

Modern tech can help you find more ringnecks.

See More Upland Bird

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.