(State) This is the time of year the Iowa Department of Natural Resources normally comes out with its first prediction on the pheasant population for the coming hunting season. Wildlife Biologist Todd Bogunshutz says over the last five to six years it was only last year that the pheasant population rebounded,
"It's not looking good. We say we get an increase in the population when we have a mild winter a warm spring and a dry spring. What we had this year was a snowy winter, a cold spring, and a wet spring."
He says Iowa has made progress in creating more habitat for pheasants through an effort to set aside 50,000 acres of land to aid the birds.
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