posted on November 03, 2015 00:11
The last pheasant hunting season in Kansas was good for hunters but this year could be even better. Many farmers are stating that they have never seen so many young pheasants as they have recently.
Star Seeds wildlife biologist, Aaron Deter, has commented that he’s seen more young pheasants in the local area during the past fortnight than he has seen in the previous two years. If these young chicks can survive the summer predators, then there is likely to be a good hunting season in the future.
According to Pheasants Forever wildlife biologist, Zach Eddy, the conditions for a great production year were just right. “Everything just came together. We had good, tall, thick wheat because we had plenty of moisture. The wheat harvest was pushed back a couple of weeks, and that helps the birds,” he recently stated, adding that this is going to be a good year.
It wasn’t just the health of the wheat and its delayed harvest that helped. The US has had another mild winter so the hens stayed strong and healthy. Then the rains helped to create great nesting areas for the birds.
This should be good news for those who have suffered several years of pheasant hunting drought. Following a 25 year hunting record in 2010-11, there were years of poor harvests for hunters. In just three years, the harvest went from 900,000 to just 190,000 pheasants.
Then last year’s summer rains over the state helped the population rebound.
Food is also plentiful with a bumper production of grasshoppers; this will help feed many of the young birds. The acres for shelter should also be good, as Conservation Reserve Program grasslands won’t be hayed or grazed to produce emergency food for cattle, as the regularly used pastures are lush due to the recent rains.
There are many who will be hoping that these conditions become a regular feature.
Are you looking forward to a bumper harvest? Where are you going hunting this year?
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