The early reports indicate Iowa’s pheasant season started off with a bang. Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Bureau Chief Richard Bishop says an estimated 155-thousand birds were bagged this past weekend, the opener for the season. He says areas north of I-80 saw good bird numbers. Bishop says the hunting was a little slower in southern Iowa. He says the hunting in southern Iowa was pretty spotty and depended on what type of habitat hunters were in. Some hunters in southern Iowa got a pleasant surprise with another kind of bird. He says some saw quail, which as a surprise due to low numbers last year. Bishop says this could be another big weekend for pheasant hunters.He says some people only hunt opening weekend, while others hunt throughout the season. He says opening weekend usually sees the biggest crowd, then the second weekend. Iowa’s looking to rebound from a record low harvest last year.
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