Welcome to Pheasant and Quail Hunting in Iowa! We have a rich tradition of upland bird hunting in our state and with the ongoing efforts of our local Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever chapters and communities; we hope to pass this hunting heritage onto many generations in the future. Below are tips that will hopefully make your trip enjoyable and memorable.

  • Ask Permission. Asking permission to access private property to hunt is required by law.
  • Respect all private land and landowners. Open and shut gates, avoid livestock and buildings and follow all guidelines and requests the landowner has stated.
  • Limiting your group size and avoiding opening weekend and holidays will increase your success of gaining private land access.
  • Respectful hunters who build a relationship with one landowner are often able to gain additional access in surrounding farms.
  • Share the bounty. Many landowners appreciate a pheasant or two or other gifts of appreciation. Even better, offering to help the landowner with off-season chores such as mending fence, bailing hay or other acts of service are often warmly received.
  • Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are not able to provide the contact information for private landowners. Private Landowners who have cooperated with local chapters to conduct habitat projects are not required to allow public access or member access to their land.
  • Iowa has many excellent Wildlife Management Areas that provide upland hunting. In fact, Pheasants Forever in Iowa has purchased over 69,000 acres of land that are now public-access, wildlife areas. These areas and all of the State Wildlife Management Areas and County Wildlife Areas can be found in the Iowa Sportsman's Atlas. The Atlas may be purchased at most sporting goods stores or Wal-Marts across the state. It can also be ordered online, at: Iowa Sportsmans Atlas. Maps of Iowa's WMA's can be found at: Iowa Maps.
  • The Pheasant and Quail populations throughout the state will vary from year to year. A valuable planning tool is the Iowa DNR August Roadside Surveys and Distribution Maps. You can find that information, answers to commonly asked questions about pheasant hunting in Iowa, license requirements and nesting outlooks at: DNR's August Roadside Counts.

Thank you for your interest and support of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. If you or your hunting partners are not members, please join the team so we can achieve even more habitat and youth hunting accomplishments in the future. You can join the team by clicking Join PF and/or Join QF .

Enjoy your time in the field and we hope you have the opportunity to take a youth hunting.


The Iowa Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Staff