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Officials hope pheasant population rebounds

Posted: Thursday, May 28th, 2009 at 5:30 am

The Iowa pheasant harvest was historically low this past season. According to the Iowa DNR, only about 383,000 rooster pheasants were harvested in 2008-09. Hunters typically harvest more than 500,000 birds. Marion County Conservation Officer John Mertz says the season was poor in Marion County but hopefully there are signs of recovery. He says a strong nesting season, good weather and more available habitat will help the pheasant population rebound locally and statewide.