At Brush Dale, we specialize in pheasant hunting on restored Iowa Grasslands. Our goal is to give you the most natural hunting experience possible in a preserve setting. You will be hunting a mixture of wild and released Ringneck Pheasants in exceptional cover. If you want a hunt where you and your dogs' skill is challenged on every bird - then Brush Dale is the place for you!
Ringneck Pheasant reproduction is both critical to providing a natural hunting experience at Brush Dale and to sustaining the wild pheasant population. We typically release hundreds of pheasants from our three gamebird surrogators
every year. The Preserve has eight large food plots planted in corn and several smaller food plots planted in canola seed, millet, sorghum, sunflower, beets, turnips and more for pheasant, quail and deer.
We offer full-day, half-day and 2-hour economy hunts 7 days per week. To make a reservation, call 563-672-3291. If you need to cancel or change your reservation, you must let us know at least 12 hours prior to your scheduled hunt or you will be charged for released birds.
Brush Dale is unique, not only because of the diversity of its terrain and wild game, but because of its location in far-eastern Iowa, just 10 miles from the Mississippi River and the River's abundance of waterfowl. In addition to pheasant, we hunt wood ducks, wild turkey, and furred game
. During duck season we might spend the early morning hunting wood duck at one of our ponds and the rest of the day hunting pheasant. During Fall deer seasons, we often hunt deer in the mornings and pheasant in the afternoons.
If you are a visitor to Iowa, pheasant hunting at Brush Dale will save you a significant amount of money in hunting license fees. Annual Preserve Hunting Licenses, for hunting game birds on any of Iowa's hunting preserves for the calendar year, as well as most other Iowa Hunting Licenses may be purchased at Brush Dale. A Preserve License with Habitat Stamp is just $22.00, whether purchased by an Iowa or out-of-state resident. Licenses may also be purchased online
Iowa law requires residents and non-residents born after January 1, 1972 to be certified in hunter education before they are eligible to purchase an Iowa hunting license. (If you are 18 years or older, the hunter safety course may be completed 100% online here
.) If you have not completed a hunter safety course and are at least 16 years of age, you may be eligible to purchase an Apprentice Hunting License (info & qualifications
). Resident Iowa youth under the age of 16 are not required to have a license, but must be accompanied by a licensed adult 18 years of age or older. Non-resident youth under the age of 16 are not required to have completed a hunter safety/education course, but are required to possess a non-resident youth preserve license and habitat stamp. Please see the Requirements for Hunting Licensed Hunting Preserves in Iowa