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    2014 Iowa Pheasant Season

    Favorite hunting season starts Saturday! Got a box of clays and target load for after classes tonight!

    Not looking forward to all of the corn still in the fields though, walking our family farm fields sucks. This will be the first year though with a new retriever. I missed last year do to low numbers in the population and lack of a dog... but this year the numbers look great!

    Are there any farmers here in the state that have seen the bird numbers back this year, like the Iowa DNR roadside count suggested?

    http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/Pheas...urveyData.aspx



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    Re: 2014 Iowa Pheasant Season

    I've noticed more "roadside" sightings of roosters this year than I have in the last 10 years combined. I'd have to agree with the DNR.



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    Re: 2014 Iowa Pheasant Season

    Seen more pheasants? Yes. I would still feel bad about shooting one, numbers are still stupid low. This is southern IA so according to the map the DNR agrees. I would love for them to make a nice comeback because they are great fun to hunt but I don't see the numbers going up anytime soon in our area.



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    Re: 2014 Iowa Pheasant Season

    Numbers seem up, but are still really low. I think the past 3 springs have helped bring those numbers up, although spring of 2013 was really bad for the month of May.



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    Re: 2014 Iowa Pheasant Season

    We found several last season on a couple hunts, and we've been hearing and seeing several again this year. Quail numbers are up also.


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    Re: 2014 Iowa Pheasant Season

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone101 View Post
    Seen more pheasants? Yes. I would still feel bad about shooting one, numbers are still stupid low. This is southern IA so according to the map the DNR agrees. I would love for them to make a nice comeback because they are great fun to hunt but I don't see the numbers going up anytime soon in our area.
    Unless you're shooting hens, this isn't a concern.


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    Re: 2014 Iowa Pheasant Season

    Have many people become disinterested in pheasant hunting in recent years with low numbers?



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    Re: 2014 Iowa Pheasant Season

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfan92 View Post
    Have many people become disinterested in pheasant hunting in recent years with low numbers?
    I haven't been out for 4 years. Not worth the time, yet



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