Roadside count of Iowa pheasants jumps 16 percent
The Associated Press
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s annual August roadside count of pheasants has jumped 16 percent over last year.
The statewide index was 7.9 pheasants per 30-mile route, compared with 6.6 last year.
The Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/PykrRX) that it was the first increase in seven years.
Iowa Natural Resources Department biologist Todd Bogenschutz says he was projecting an even bigger increase, based on the average increase that occurred in seven previous years with similar nesting and other conditions.
He says pheasants may have been undercounted this year because heavy dews, which produce the best counting conditions, occurred less often this summer because of the drought.
Bogenschutz says the count leads him to estimate that hunters will kill between 125,000 and 200,000 roosters this coming season, compared with last year’s record low harvest of 109,000 roosters.
Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazetteonline.com/
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