“We don’t publicize the date of the release. We keep it pretty close to the vest. They (the public) have no idea where the releases will occur.”
The big cat weighing more than 100 pounds came within 10 feet of the hunter before he shot it.
Challenging and calorie-burning? Sure, but some of the most rewarding ring-necked pheasant hunting begins right now.
Getting farther from the parking areas and hunting weekdays often the keys to success on hard-hunted public areas.
Zach Burnette, of Cass City, admires the rooster he shot on Michigan’s pheasant opener, two days shy of his 14th birthday. (Photo by Bill Parker)Don’t blame Zach Burnette for celebrating a little bit, a couple days shy of his 14th birthday. The 13-year-old Cass City resident was all smiles when I caught up with him at lunch on opening day…
Wisconsin DNR is planning on releasing about 2,000 pheasants on eight state hunting grounds just before Christmas.
The DNR’s annual roadside survey indicates that Minnesota’s pheasant numbers are down 17% from 2018. The index is 11% below the 10-year average and 60% below the long-term average.
Observers recorded five broods and 39 pheasants per 100 miles. Sharptails observed per 100 miles are up 113% statewide from 2018, and partridge are up 58%.
Hunters can still find plentiful birds but may need to consider weather impacts on habitat, DNR says.
The problem with attaining the mark is twofold: There is less grassland in the state due to farmers putting millions of acres of idled land once enrolled in the federal Conservation Reserve Program back into crop production.And drought has impacted many parts of the state the past couple of years.
What will the impact be on northern Iowa’s pheasant population and southern Iowa’s quail? A quick survey of area wildlife biologists settled on one theme: Not Good.
Lawmakers want the DNR to learn if the pheasant program gives a boost to small-game hunting, and the agency is also being told to explore whether the release of pheasants reduces any conflicts between hunters.
While walking hard for late-season, public-land pheasants, try a different route.
It seems that fewer Pennsylvania hunters chasing stocked pheasants because of stamp price.
Thousands of hunters in blaze orange will take to the fields when Iowa’s pheasant season opens Oct. 27. And with the second highest pheasant population in a decade, hunters can afford to be optimistic.
Pheasants will be released for opening day and prior to the Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holiday weekends.
Weekend festivities kick off on Friday afternoon with a dedication of the Rooster Ridge Wildlife Management Area.
As bears become more common in prairie creek bottoms and brush rows, encounters with bird hunters become more frequent as well.
Stocking numbers – between Dec. 19-21 – upped from 1,700 to 2,200 birds on eight public properties, up from five sites last year.
In North Dakota, pheasant hunting opportunities available this fall for women to engage their peers in the field.
Artist Timothy Turenne’s first-place effort in the pheasant habitat stamp contest. Richfield artist Timothy Turenne won the Minnesota Pheasant Habitat Stamp contest. The painting was selected by judges from among 11 submissions for the annual contest sponsored by the DNR. Turenne is a three-time winner of the pheasant stamp contest and his painting will be featured on the 2019 pheasant…
Pheasant production last year was at its lowest level in two decades, dramatically reducing the number of adult birds nesting earlier this year. While the dry conditions eased this summer and pheasant brood sizes were up from 2017, the estimated population still dropped 2 percent from last year.
Pheasant and partridge numbers similar to last year, according to roadside surveys.
Wet spring and summer affected reproduction in some areas; habitat declines remain long-term concern.
State agency reports 47 percent increase from last year.
Numbers increased in every nine-county region except northwest, where it was similar to last year. The survey counted a state average of 21 birds per 30 mile route, which translates to a statewide harvest estimate of 250,000 to 300,000 roosters this fall.