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    Default Iowa Huns

    Me and a buddy from Indiana may be visiting a friend a for a late season weekend west of Fort Dodge to tag along pheasant hunting. I have always wanted to see some huns/gray partridge. I know they are on the decline out there, but what are the chances of bumping into a covey of Huns? Looks like better chances may be east and north of Fort Dodge.

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    I have seen two Hungarian partridge in several years of hunting north of Fort Dodge.

    I have never had the opportunity to shoot at one.

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    NW Iowa, seldom see more than one or two at a time. I don’t hunt them.

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    Most places the odds are going to be slim to none.
    "Most pheasants in South Dakota don't react too well to #5s." -The Hunt for Red Rooster

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    I am a bleeding optimist, but figured it was not likely to come across any. A trip out to Montana and Idaho is on my bucket list, just too far and not enough time to get away for a trip like that right now. Thanks everyone. There was a time long ago that NW Indiana held a few huns. Before my lifetime

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    Chances are slim but I shot a pair out of a nice covey west of Fort Dodge 3-4 years ago. Also shot three out of a covey in eastern Iowa last year. Both times I was hunting pheasants and realize that I was very fortunate. Did pretty good on Huns in Idaho last season and sounds like this year will be better. Headed to ID in four weeks!

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    1988 was the last time we shot a Hun in eastern Iowa (Cedar Co.), though I have seen them since. They were just a bonus for the good pheasant numbers back then.

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    Man I have been hunting the area around Fort Dodge for years with my buddies and we never have even bumped into a covey. The Iowa DNR would tell you they are a bonus bird while out hunting pheasants.. yeah right!

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    Default Hun's as an Iowa "bonus bird".

    I would agree that the NDR's discription is outdated. Huns were a true bonus bird 25 years ago. But today they are a rarity that their ridiculous 8 bird per day bag limit defies. I imagine that there are just slightly more Huns shot in Iowa today as ruffed grouse.

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    I’ve hunted NW Iowa 10 of the last 13 years and have seen 2 coveys with no shots fired on Huns. That’s hunting for a week each year from legal start to finish time and covering a lot of miles. So I wouldn’t hold my breath on finding very many but good luck and I hope you do find some.

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