With the unofficial end of summer, fall hunting season is in full swing.  September 1st marked the start of dove, snipe, rail, cottontail rabbit, Canada goose, teal, and squirrel hunting.  Later in the month the youth deer season and disabled hunter deer season starts, as well as waterfowl.  Doves, teal, squirrels, and rabbits are good for novice hunters.  The animals are plentiful which means hunters have less competition from others.  For more information about hunting and to purchase licenses visit http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting.

Increase in Pheasants Across Iowa

Hunters received some good news last week when the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently completed a population survey of pheasant, quail, partridge, cottontail rabbits, and jackrabbits.  The DNR found an increase in population of pheasants across the state.  All regions reported higher numbers with the exception of the northwest portion of the state which had numbers similar to last year.  The survey also reported higher numbers of quail and cottontail rabbits.  The number of partridges remained steady with the numbers from 2017 but jackrabbits saw a decline in population due to habitat change.  The DNR conducts the roadside survey every August.  To read the full report and see game distribution maps visit www.iowadnr.gov/pheasantsurvey.