Iowa's pheasant hunting season begins Oct. 28

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Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Iowa's 2017 pheasant hunting season begins at 8 a.m. on October 28.

While most hunters will generally spend the first couple weeks in the field, people who go out to hunt later in the season will be more successful.

“Hunters can expect to find similar bird numbers to last year, but the October rain has our harvest running behind schedule so opening weekend may not be as successful as years past,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife research biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “However, a late harvest could lead to success later in the season.”

An estimated 50,000 people will take part in the pheasant hunting season.

Bogenschutz said he expects almost a repeat of 2016 pheasant season, where hunters harvested about 250,000 roosters.

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