Iowa Pheasant Hunting Season 2023

Next weekend is the start of a great pheasant hunting season, according to all indications.

Beginning the next weekend, Iowa hunters will scour the countryside for pheasants. All signs point to a successful season, said to Nate Carr, a DNR conservation officer in the counties of Hamilton and Hardin.

According to some of our roadside polls from August, Carr adds, “this year we’re anticipating a very similar outcome to last year.” “Last year, we had a fair number of hunters participating—about 63,000—and we killed an estimated 370,000 birds—the most in perhaps the last 10 years.”

For Iowa’s pheasant hunters, whether they are novices or seasoned pros, Carr provides a few pointers.

Naturally, you must have a hunting licence and pay the habitat charge, explains Carr. Remember to turn it off at 4:30. Shooting hours are from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, which is a little earlier than some of your regular hunting seasons. Three pheasants each day will be the cap.

The clothing a hunter wears is crucial for both keeping them warm and secure.

Hunters must don at least one piece of outside apparel that is at least 50% solid blazing orange, according to Carr. Make sure that at least 50% of your clothing is full blazing orange so that other hunters can see you, whether it’s a cap, vest, jacket, or anything similar.

Making sure you have permission from landowners before hunting on private property is another regulation. From October 29 until January 10, the season is in effect. Visit to learn more.


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