Des Moines, Iowa Iowa’s pheasant hunting season opens at 8 a.m. this Saturday, Oct. 26, and an estimated 170,000 hunters will be chasing the state’s most popular game bird.

Officials say Iowa’s pheasant population has rebounded after a
difficult 2000-01 winter and hunters should see more birds this
year.

This year’s roadside August pheasant counts indicated numbers
119-percent better than last year, according to the Iowa DNR.
Nonresident pheasant hunters in Iowa must purchase an $80.50
hunting license and pay an $8.50 habitat fee.

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