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It seems that things have been down for Iowa pheasant hunters for years. Even this year things got off to a poor start.

But are things turning around in the state that once saw a flourishing pheasant population?

According to one report pheasants had a strong year in Iowa.

The biologist in the state is expecting good news this season. The reasoning is that last winter was light on snow. The last five winters had given a good dumping of snowfall in the state and finally there was a reprieve last year.

Those hard winters combined with loss of habitat have taken pheasant numbers to about 60,000 from about 200,000 in the mid-90s. Now reports are that the habitat should be up after the season is over even with the drought conditions throughout the summer.

There has definitely been more awareness in the state the last few years. When the numbers got alarmingly low people took notice. The landowners have gone where the money is with crops because they have to make a living, but with a huge gap in income in the state from pheasant hunting there are starting to be more opportunities for habitat restoration.

If the population makes a comeback in the state this year that would be great news. More hunters would likely come back next year for a chance to get back on the birds in Iowa. It could start building the momentum back in favor of the favorite upland bird in the state.

We won’t know until the official numbers and reports come in how the Iowa Pheasant Hunting actually was, but so far things are looking to have at least a little upside. That’s a welcome sight in a state that has had such a drastic decline over the last decade.

Perhaps other states can take notice too. We don’t want to have another Iowa out there and it will be difficult because there is such a strong demand for corn and other crops.

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