Pheasant season opens this weekend

By the Iowa DNR

Iowa’s annual pheasant and quail seasons open this weekend. The highest pheasant counts were found in counties from NW Iowa angling down to SE Iowa. Quail numbers are the strongest in decades, with the largest population in the southern three tiers of counties. 

Here are some last-minute tips and resources:
Check out IHAP maps and locations, where private landowners open their land to public hunting. Or visit the Iowa Hunting Atlas for all of Iowa’s public hunting areas.

Blaze orange — wear at least one of the following with 50 percent or more solid blaze orange: hat, cap, vest, coat, jacket, sweatshirt, shirt or coveralls. 

Purchase your hunting license and habitat fee, online from the DNR’s license sales website, or from any license retailer.

Have fun and be safe! 

Iowa Pheasant Season Opener: October 28, 2017
-Daily bag limit for pheasants is three and the possession limit is 12. Daily bag limit for quail is eight and possession limit is 16. 
-Shooting hours from 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Firearms must be cased and unloaded in a motor vehicle.
– Transporting pheasants requires a pheasant foot, fully feathered wing, or fully feathered head be attached to the pheasant carcass.