posted on January 28, 2013 20:40
Pheasant populations were down 81% from the average
this year in Iowa.
It was a disappointing season for hunters in the state. The long standing tradition of pheasant hunting in Iowa
is under attack and has been for years. The trend is not new, but this year it seemed more common than ever for hunters to head out and not even see a single bird let alone harvest one.
There are a number of factors contributing to the loss of the pheasant population in the state.
Farmers are seeing it as a necessity to grow more corn and beans in their fields. The grassy and brushy habitat the pheasants need has been wiped across much of the state. Even with government programs aimed at saving the habitat it has become difficult for farmers to give up on the revenue from the crops. The farmers realize what is happening and they want to help, but they have to worry about their own well being and that means doing what is necessary to make it.
Predators in the field have also contributed to the loss of pheasants. The birds have been targeted by other animals and with a lack of hiding places it becomes easier for predators to harvest the young birds.
The weather has also been a factor especially this season when a drought swept the nation and made it extremely difficult on all types of wildlife. The pheasants were hit hard during the initial hatch when waters came on strong and they suffered throughout the summer when there was no rain at al.
It’s sad to see the tradition come to such an end in Iowa. Finding a pheasant is becoming more difficult in the fields of Iowa and the outlook is not good. The biggest enthusiasts will find ways to save the habitat and save some of the birds, but there will be struggle.
It’s just a sad reality in the world of pheasant hunting.