Iowa’s pheasant opener was busy, with lots of hunter success.
Work continues at Tomahawk Marsh Wildlife Area to return the area to a mix of prairie and wetlands.
As the season looms, Iowa hunters can likely expect to harvest 300,000 to 400,000 roosters this year, which is similar to last year, when the harvest was the highest in more than a decade.
Treatments will continue through next spring.
Results of Iowa’s 2022 pheasant population survey are in and the results were nearly identical to that of 2021, when hunters harvested the highest number of roosters in more than a decade.
Pheasant hunters in Iowa bagged 375,000 roosters in 2021, and the nesting outlook predicts another good hunting season ahead.
Potential fines and civil damages from these cases could exceed $100,000.
“Part of the increased harvest was due to the increase in pheasant hunters – 10,000 more hunters compared to 2019, which was the highest since 2009.”
Anglers with a valid sport fishing license may harvest all sizes and unlimited quantities of any species of fish from Pickeral Lake by any means except by use of dynamite, poison, electroshocking devices, or any stupefying substances.
Black bears are native to Iowa. However, Iowa has been without a resident bear population for more than 100 years. But as black bear populations in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Missouri stable to increasing, it is possible that a small population could set up residence in Iowa.
The southeast region led the way with a 163 percent increase, followed by the northeast region with a 115 percent increase and east central region with a 55 percent increase.
Minnows and small game fish have been found dead in half-mile span in the creek, officials said.
Iowa hunters reported harvesting more than 14,600 turkeys during the spring season, which is the highest spring turkey harvest since mandatory harvest reporting began in 2007. The previous high was 12,173 in 2016.
Hunters take about 14,000 less whitetails in 2019 than the previous year. Wildlife experts say that while there are a number of factors that likely contributed to the decline, the most prominent is the outbreak of hemorrhagic disease that killed thousands of deer across the state.
New test results bring the total number of counties in Iowa where wild deer have tested positive to eight.
(Iowa DNR)Guttenberg, Iowa — Kevin Hanson had to throttle back his heavy flat-bottomed aluminum boat as he began to break up a thin layer of ice that had formed overnight on the slack water in Pool 11 of the Upper Mississippi River. Hanson, fisheries technician with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Guttenberg station, was on his last run…
And quail numbers drop 36 percent from last year.
What will the impact be on northern Iowa’s pheasant population and southern Iowa’s quail? A quick survey of area wildlife biologists settled on one theme: Not Good.
Program at state park gathers interested locals to learn about Black Locust trees, which are considered an invasive species, and at the same time, learn how to utilize the wood that is produced by them.
About 223,000 people in Iowa held hunting licenses in 2018, a 14 percent decrease from 1988.
Results pending on two suspect samples.
He denied a salvage tag to man who called in the car-deer collision and sawed off antlers for himself.
In Iowa, major hunting violations cost group of North Carolina, Louisiana hunters – to the tune of nearly $24,000
Nonresident deer hunters fined, busted.
Thousands of hunters in blaze orange will take to the fields when Iowa’s pheasant season opens Oct. 27. And with the second highest pheasant population in a decade, hunters can afford to be optimistic.
Numbers increased in every nine-county region except northwest, where it was similar to last year. The survey counted a state average of 21 birds per 30 mile route, which translates to a statewide harvest estimate of 250,000 to 300,000 roosters this fall.
WATERLOO – The Iowa DNR Law Enforcement Bureau was contacted by the Waterloo Police Department after they conducted a traffic stop earlier this month of two males who had illegally killed two antlered deer that were still in velvet. A DNR Conservation Officer responded and charged Paul Lu, 31, and Kyaw Wahny, 19, both of Waterloo, with a total of 14 charges…