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12/21/2014 @ 10:09 PM

Easy Winter Bodes Well For Pheasants

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Boone County Road, DNR file photo

BOONE - There has been a lot of concern by Iowa sportsmen over the lack of pheasants in the Hawkeye State this year. There is talk of too many predators, not enough habitat and the hunting seasons are to long. These factors can all play a role in pheasant numbers, but the biggest factor in this past year’s low pheasant numbers is weather.

“It always amazes me how easily people discount weather as a factor that can influence wildlife,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Our pheasant population got walloped by the tenth worst winter in state history in 2007-2008.”


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Pheasant Hunting Expected to Improve

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Pheasant Hunting Expected to Improve as More Corn is Harvested

BOONE – Stepping through the 10 acres of the restored wetland in south central Iowa, the two dozen flushing hens and six roosters was a sight to behold. Two weeks earlier only three pheasants flushed from this same area. Why the difference? The amount of nearby standing corn was reduced by 75 percent.


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Hunt Safely: Another Chapter of Iowa Pheasant Hunting Tradition Begins Saturday

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From the IDNR

The annual gathering of friends and family for the opening of Iowa pheasant hunting season is rich with tradition for more than 100,000 hunters who will be dotting the landscape in their familiar blaze orange hats, vests and jackets at 8 a.m., Oct. 25.

As the anticipation of opening weekend gathers steam, hunters are encouraged to share their traditions with someone new.

“We would like our hunters to expand their group and bring in a new hunter this year,” said Megan Wisecup, recreational safety programs supervisor with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Personally inviting someone new to participate has shown to be a successful method of recruiting new hunters.


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Iowa Pheasant Season Begins Oct. 25

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Photo by Lowell Washburn
The 2008 Iowa Pheasant Hunting Season begins Saturday, October 25. Shooting hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The bag limit is 3 roosters daily with a total of 12 in possession. The statewide season concludes Jan. 10, 2009.

By Lowell Washburn
Iowa Department of Natural Resources

DES MOINES---For Iowa pheasant hunting enthusiasts, the most exciting day of the year is almost here. The 2008 Iowa Pheasant Season begins Saturday, October 25. Opening day for this year’s special two-day youth pheasant hunt is Saturday, October 18.

From all perspectives, the annual pheasant opener is Iowa’s Outdoor Sporting Event of the Year. With an estimated 100,000 ring-neck enthusiasts taking to the fields, nothing else compares to the rich tradition and camaraderie with this annual event.

There's good reason for all the excitement. Few thrills can compare to the explosive, heart pounding flush of a cackling rooster. And what outdoor happening can equal the sight of a good bird dog suddenly slamming on point?


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Pheasants Endure Brutal Winter, Cold Wet Spring

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BOONE - Iowa’s hard winter and cool, wet spring made life here difficult for pheasants. Take away places to hide from the weather or predators, and to hatch young, and life gets even more challenging.

“There is no question that weather conditions this past winter and spring was bad for pheasants,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

“Pheasants are resilient to weather, but populations may not recover from the loss of habitat. These birds will move to fence lines and road ditches, but predation is much higher in these small habitats,” Bogenschutz said. “They have fewer places to run and no place to hide.”


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Iowa State University Pheasants Forever Banquet Feb. 2

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The Iowa State University Pheasants Forever Banquet will be held this year on Saturday, February 2nd. Anybody that would like to support the nations only collegiate chapter can let me know and I can get the tickets to you or you can get them at the door at the Quality Inn and Suites on 13th st. right off of I-35. Happy Hour at 5, dinner at 7. We set a new attendance record last year with over 200 guest and would like to keep it going. Also any donations would be appreciated. If you have any questions, PM me or email me at jasonras@iastate.edu
Thanks,
Jason


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Long, Snowy Winter Could Impact Upland Game Birds

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Boone - Iowa’s winter season is in full swing and the recent ice storms and snowfall has some residents calling with concerns about Iowa’s upland game birds populations.


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For Wisconsin School Teacher, North Iowa is Pheasant Hunting Paradise

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PHOTO: Rick Seume admires a rooster pheasant bagged in north Iowa on Monday. Seume, a chemistry and biology teacher at the Webster, Wisconsin high school, has been pursuing Iowa roosters for the past twelve years.
“We always see lots of birds and the people are really great down here,” says Seume. “Sometimes I come to Iowa alone, and sometimes I bring friends. We definitely do not have to shoot limits to have a good time. We always have fun.”
Seume wasn’t in the classroom this week. He had the whole week off.
“The Wisconsin deer season opened last Saturday and everything ---- including the public schools ---- just shut down for the entire week,” he grinned. Photo by: Lowell Washburn


By Lowell Washburn
Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Rick Seume has a hectic schedule. On week days you’ll find him standing at the front of a classroom, teaching chemistry or biology to students of the Webster, Wisconsin high school.

But if anyone wants to touch base with Seume on a Saturday morning, they’ll most likely have to travel to the tawny bird covers of northern Iowa. That’s where this Wisconsin school teacher spends his fall and winter weekends, carefully following the nose of a well trained bird dog in quest of the ever popular, ever elusive rooster pheasant.


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Iowa Pheasant Season Opens Saturday

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DNR Predicts Good Hunt


PHOTO: [rooster pheasant] Iowa Ditch Parrot ---- a rooster pheasant. The 2007 Iowa pheasant hunting season begins this Saturday and runs through Jan. 10, 2008. The daily bag limit is 3 rooster pheasants with a possession limit of 12 roosters. Daily shooting hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Statewide pheasant numbers remain largely unchanged from last year, making Iowa one of the nation’s top ring-neck producers. Photo by Lowell Washburn




By Lowell Washburn
Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Anticipation is mounting. For upland bird hunting enthusiasts, the long agonizing wait is nearly over. The 2007 Iowa pheasant season begins Saturday.

No matter how you slice it, the annual pheasant opener represents nothing less than Iowa’s Sporting Event of the Year. With an estimated 120,000 ring-neck enthusiasts taking to the fields this Saturday, nothing can stand in its shadow.


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Iowa Pheasant Harvest Down From 2005

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From the IDNR DES MOINES - The estimated Iowa pheasant harvest for the 2006-07 season was just under 750,000 birds, which was a decline of nearly 60,000 from the 2005 harvest. While the harvest was down, Iowa remains one of the premier states to hunt pheasants attracting hunters from 43 different states.


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