At Brush Dale, we specialize in pheasant and chukar 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, Chukar Partridge and/or Bobwhite Quail in exceptional cover. Ringneck Pheasant and Bobwhite Quail reproduction is both critical to providing a natural hunting experience at Brush Dale and to sustaining the wild pheasant and quail populations. We typically release hundreds of pheasants and quail 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 handle the release of gamebirds differently than most preserves in our area. The morning of your scheduled AM hunt, while it is still dark outside, we'll release the total number of birds included in your hunting package. (For PM hunts we release approximately one hour prior.) For example, for a full-day hunt for 4 gunners, we'll release 48 pheasants. This gives the birds a chance to acclimate to their surroundings and "wild up" before the hunt. By doing it this way, we've found the released pheasants behave very wild and make for a challenging hunt. We've also found it greatly reduces the number of birds that fly off the property or are killed by aerial predators. Although you will likely see a lot of birds, weather conditions, skill level of the dogs and shooting ability all play into how many birds are bagged. If your goal is to shoot a ton of birds, then Brush Dale is probably not where you'll want to hunt. But if you want a hunt where you and your dogs' skill will be challenged - then Brush Dale is the place for you!
We offer full-day, morning half-day and 8AM economy pheasant/chukar hunts 7 days per week and afternoon hunts on weekends and holidays. To make a reservation, call 563-672-3291 at least 48 hours in advance. If you need to cancel or change your reservation, please let us know at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled hunt.
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 and chukar, we hunt quail, 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. Preserve Hunting Licenses, for hunting game birds on any of Iowa's hunting preserves, as well as most other Iowa Hunting Licenses
may be purchased at Brush Dale. All hunting licenses may be purchased online
, or by calling 800-367-1188. A Preserve License with Habitat Stamp is just $20.00, whether purchased by an Iowa or out-of-state resident.