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    Pheasant hunting

    With pheasant season approaching, I had to start a thread. Who is going out this weekend? I am going to hunt in North Central Iowa. A lot of farmers I have talked to report they are scarce, with one saying he didn't even see a pheasant when harvesting corn this year. His place is usually good for 10 to 15 roosters a year. I have talked to a few that have seen a decent number. I am hoping there are some decent areas that have a few birds, but the DNR report of a 40% drop from last year has tempered my enthusiasm a little. I have a German Longhaired Pointer and I think they dryness will make scenting conditions difficult after the morning dew is gone. I still look forward to opening day, however. What do you guys think???



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    Re: Pheasant hunting

    A good amount of corn should be out, but with low numbers it is going to be tough no matter what.
    If you know of/find a place with birds, good luck (and don't tell anyone).
    The way their habitat has dwindled, only way to have good hunts may be to go to the Dakotas. Sad.


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    Re: Pheasant hunting

    south dakotas numbers are supposedly way down also. i'll be sitting in a tree rather than hunting for a mythical rooster this year.



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    Re: Pheasant hunting

    Go to South Dakota or another state the cares about pheasants and hunting dollars associated.

    Iowa has quit caring long ago and the numbers show it.



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    Re: Pheasant hunting

    I wish I was going, I'll be back in 2013 to tear it up again in ND and Iowa.



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    Re: Pheasant hunting

    My pheasant hunting excitement has dwindled the last few years, and I hunt back home with my dad in a decent area of Iowa to hunt and still not excited. (because of the lack of birds)

    Thank God for ducks and geese!


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    Re: Pheasant hunting

    Dont waste your time man. I havent seen a pheasant in a field since idk how long ago.



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    Re: Pheasant hunting

    Heard from a DNR officer, that this was supposed to be the worst season in a long time.



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    Re: Pheasant hunting

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFB View Post
    Heard from a DNR officer, that this was supposed to be the worst season in a long time.
    I don't know how it could possibly get worse than last year. Can you have a negative amount of pheasants somehow?



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    Re: Pheasant hunting

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    I don't know how it could possibly get worse than last year. Can you have a negative amount of pheasants somehow?
    I suppose if you shoot hens that would, in effect, be negative pheasants.



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    Re: Pheasant hunting

    Not worth going out down here, numbers are down yet again.


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    Re: Pheasant hunting

    Quote Originally Posted by JVAR View Post
    With pheasant season approaching, I had to start a thread. Who is going out this weekend? I am going to hunt in North Central Iowa. A lot of farmers I have talked to report they are scarce, with one saying he didn't even see a pheasant when harvesting corn this year. His place is usually good for 10 to 15 roosters a year. I have talked to a few that have seen a decent number. I am hoping there are some decent areas that have a few birds, but the DNR report of a 40% drop from last year has tempered my enthusiasm a little. I have a German Longhaired Pointer and I think they dryness will make scenting conditions difficult after the morning dew is gone. I still look forward to opening day, however. What do you guys think???
    I drove backroads from Central Wisconsin, through Iowa to SW Iowa then into South West Minnesota. The only place I saw Ring-necks was around the Windom Minnesota area and south and west of there. Large areas of DNR land seems to be the reason.



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    Re: Pheasant hunting

    There used to be some really great hunting around Coon Rapids. The Garst Seed Company family had a lot of land around there and tried to develop it for pheasant habitat. A buddy of mine was from CR and we had some great days around there. My retriever would be worn out by the end of the day. Any word of birds around there?


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    I had a peasant, sorry, I mean pheasant, almost hit my windshield near Hartley on Sunday.


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    Re: Pheasant hunting

    Quote Originally Posted by dtISU View Post
    There used to be some really great hunting around Coon Rapids. The Garst Seed Company family had a lot of land around there and tried to develop it for pheasant habitat. A buddy of mine was from CR and we had some great days around there. My retriever would be worn out by the end of the day. Any word of birds around there?
    I'm pretty sure the land you are thinking of has been put into a trust by the Garst's and is now the White Rock Conservancy.

    They allow hunting, but you have to make reservations and use their guide service.

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