It's not every day you see a pheasant tail like this.
Upland hunters don't generally give preference to trophies, as their command over a dog takes a higher priority. The bird is usually the final cherry on top, but rarely does the size or coloration of the bird equate a greater level of success.
However, there are rare occasions in which a bird can catch a gunner off-guard.
Back in November, however, a hunter was able to harvest such a bird.
The Iowa Department of Natural resources shared a photo of the bird he shot--a pheasant with a 27.5-inch-long tail feather.
According to the DNR, the state pheasant population has seen a 45-percent improvement over the last 10 years, but last year moved that trend in the wrong direction.
However, a rooster with a tail feather several inches longer than most sheds a bright light on the future of Iowa pheasant hunting.
The season has already concluded for the 2019-20 season, but Iowa could see a few extra upland hunters next season.