Iowa officials have a positive outlook for the state's latest rabbit and squirrel hunting seasons.
The state Department of Natural Resources says the outlook is based on population surveys and availability of food sources. Both seasons begin Saturday.
Officials say southern Iowa has the best rabbit densities heading into the fall, but hunters around the state should see better cottontail numbers when compared to last year. The cottontail season will run through Feb. 28.
Officials expect above average numbers for squirrels this season. That's based on the mast production of several hardwood trees, which tends to be tied to peak squirrel populations. The squirrel season runs through January 31.