DES MOINES, Iowa — It sounds like there’ll be more pheasants in the skies this fall.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resource’s annual pheasant count is complete. It shows a statewide average of 17.4 birds per a 30-mile route. That’s the highest number since 2008.
Earlier this year, the DNR predicted counts similar or lower than last year because of the harsh winter, but the pheasants survived, which will make hunters and people who sell hunting supplies happy.
Iowa’s pheasant hunting season begins October 25th.