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.
MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin DNR recently announced the winners of the 2019 Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp design contests. Eighteen wildlife artists submitted a total of 24 pieces of artwork for the 2019 Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl stamp design contest. Judging was held on July 20 at the Natural Resources Building in Madison. The judges…
(Photo by Windigo Images)ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state is offering 2,000 pheasants to groups that sponsor hunts involving young people, women, novices, veterans or people with disabilities. The state Department of Environmental Conservation annually offers some of the pheasants it raises at its Ithaca game farm for use in sponsored hunts. The aim of the program is to allow…
An early look at the 2018 pheasant forecast begins with nesting success, which is likely a mixed bag.
Much of western North Dakota was mired in severe, extreme and even exceptional drought last summer. That reduced food and habitat for pheasants, resulting in a population loss of about 60 percent from 2016 – the lowest level in two decades. Still, wildlife officials see better days ahead.
(Photo by Windigo Images)For the second year in a row, 48 junior hunters will have the chance this fall to harvest wild pheasant roosters in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced in a news release Wednesday, June 27. Junior hunters between the ages of 12 and 16 are eligible to apply for the second annual Central Susquehanna Wild Pheasant Recovery Area…
Population index is down 30 percent from the same time last year; number of roosters heard crowing this spring reportedly down statewide, with decreases ranging from 15 to 38 percent in the primary regions holding pheasants.
Drought conditions and not as many hunters in the field last fall meant fewer pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge in the bag.
Somerset WPRA will be reopened to either-sex pheasant hunting and will be eligible for game-farm pheasant releases.
The sites where the extension applies are the Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area in Clinton County, the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area in Cass County and the Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area in Franklin and Jefferson Counties.
Many out-of-state hunters may have stayed away because drought hurt broods last summer.
I’m never sorry to see deer season come to an end because, by early December, I’ve had plenty of time in a tree, usually have enough venison in the freezer, and have made enough memories in the field that I’m ready to move on to the next big thing. And that next big thing is pheasant hunting. Our 2-year-old Lab Finn…
Rough ring-necked pheasant hunts: Minnesota’s public land holds some roosters, but don’t expect easy shooting
Just over a week remains in Minnesota’s 2017 pheasant hunting season, and despite tough conditions and savvy upland birds, you can still fill the game bag.
Despite the change in plans because of those dry conditions, hunt reportedly an unqualified success.
Wisconsin DNR releasing a few birds from the Poynette Game Farm around Dec. 25 in several southern Wisconsin public hunting areas.
Want a rewarding hunt? Chase wild roosters on public land during the late-season with a hard-charging dog.
WOOLSTOCK, Iowa — Authorities say a pheasant hunter in north-central Iowa was accidentally shot when a dog stepped on shotgun trigger guard and the gun fired. The Iowa DNR says the shooting occurred around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday at a public hunting area near Woolstock in southwestern Wright County. The department says four hunters and two dogs were looking for the…
License sales down, however, for the state’s highly regarded hunt.
This event marked the success of a decades-long collaborative project to restore habitat and wild pheasants back to the Keystone State, the Game Commission said.
As crops disappear, engage the dog in a search for upland birds in traditional public lands cover like cattail sloughs and brushy thickets.
So far, hunters’ outlay of $25 for a pheasant stamp to hunt ringnecks has had minimal return.
By start of Pennsylvania pheasant season, permit sales about half of hoped-for level.