Iowa officials say as many as 58,000 hunters are expected in the state when the pheasant hunting season begins Oct. 29.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources say pheasant numbers
are down this year compared to 2010 but that as many as 200,000
birds are expected to be harvested during the upcoming season,
which runs through Jan. 10, 2012.
Officials say Iowa's pheasant population has dropped to an all-time low with a statewide average of seven birds for every 30 miles of route driven. The lower number are being blamed on above average snowfall last winter followed by a wet nesting season.