Sunday, March 26th, 2023
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March 17, 2023

Iowans report a strong 2022 pheasant season in areas of good habitat

Greg Harson, Conservation Officer District 1 Supervisor for northwest Iowa, says the roadside count was right on and maybe even better than expected. Across the northern tier of counties, the late October opener was one of the best in recent years.
“Hunters saw a lot of birds,” Harson said. “The cover was pretty dry, which made it tougher for the dogs. Yet, officers found hunters throughout the district pleased with the numbers of birds they saw.”
How might this winter impact bird numbers heading into 2023?

A historical look at Iowa Great Lakes’ walleye opener and previewing the 41st Walleye Weekend

Ever since I moved to northwest Iowa in 1978, I’ve participated in the annual walleye opener on three lakes on the Iowa Great Lakes: Big Spirit, East Okoboji and West Okoboji. 
Each year, the walleye season closes on those lakes in mid-February and does not reopen until the first full weekend in May. These are the only waters in the state of Iowa with this regulation, with the exception of some Iowa-Minnesota boundary lakes. 

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