THE STAGE IS SET FOR A GOOD PHEASANT HUNT THIS FALL AND WINTER
The rains of 2019 may have challenged the birds in producing broods last spring and summer, but one positive effect of the generally moist conditions can’t be denied going into 2020: habitat was in prime shape going into winter and coming into spring, with residual cover standing strong on the landscape. And then spring and early summer came: not too cold, not too wet, fairly warm.
You can see it in the roadside pheasant counts and surveys coming out of states like Iowa, North Dakota and Minnesota: Where there’s good habitat, there are simply more birds on the landscape to hunt after a good hatch and brood-rearing season. South Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska will still be good destinations, though the Great Plains are dealing with some habitat challenges from dry conditions. In places like Michigan and Illinois, hard work by PF chapters is paying off with more habitat on the ground, and that means more birds.