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Hunters who are heading over to the state of Iowa should be in for one of the best hunting seasons for six years. According to the state’s annual count there are a record number of pheasants roaming the game areas since 2008.

The state has been working with Pheasants Forever chapters to identify and improve the natural habitat for pheasants and quails throughout the state. Their efforts have been helped with this winter’s good weather.

The average pheasant count across the state has now risen to 17.4 birds per 30 miles, giving hunters amble chance to collect a hunting prize.

A statement from the DNR stated this is good news for local businesses which support the hunting industry. This includes those who sell gas, food and hunting supplies.

The rise in numbers should also support the sale of licenses. According to pheasant hunt coordinator Todd Bogenschutz, last year there was a record low of 40,000 hunters in the state. If the pheasant count is accurate, this year the same number of hunters will be able to harvest approximately a quarter of a million birds between them.

Bogenschutz added that near the best habitats hunters should expect a really good hunting season. However, he adds that although this will be the best hunting season for six years it will not match the hunting seasons from the best days a couple of decades ago.

He also explained the news of the higher than usual count is likely to spread. This will attract more hunters reducing the possible harvest that regular hunters can expect to claim.

Iowa’s youth pheasant season is open on the October 18 and 19. The regular pheasant season from October 25th to January 10, 2015.

Are you planning to go to Iowa for a hunt this season? Or are you hoping for some good hunting in another state?

Let us know in the comments below.


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