posted on August 18, 2013 10:51
We’re still a few weeks away from getting field reports on birds in various states, but some folks in Montana are getting eager for the upcoming season.
Word out of Montana is that at least one official is optimistic about the birds this season in Big Sky Country. Gene Koppy was able to talk to an official and get him to dish on the bird counts.
While things are still a few weeks early in the process it sounds like the grouse and pheasant seasons in Montana could be right round normal, which is not bad at all considering things have been down in a few other states.
There are a number of factors that go into a good bird season. There are a number of weather variables including how the last few seasons have gone in the area. There is also the variable of how this spring season was and it appears that late cold and rain in the area could be both negative and positive for birds.
The rain in the spring might have made it difficult for the birds early on in the nesting process, but the rain could also have made food more plentiful for young birds if they were able to make it out of nesting.
Farmers are part of the annual bird count. They spend lots of time out in the field and they report back each year during the harvest on the number of birds they’re seeing. It’s still a bit early out there and things can always change, but there is reason to be a little optimistic about how things will turn out this year.
It’s all relative when it comes to most things in life and since most people were expecting a down year for pheasants and grouse it would be a welcome surprise to see a more normal year this season.
It seems most diehard hunters are going into the season as cautiously optimistic. They’re hoping for the best, but always on record saying that you shouldn’t expect a season for the record books.
We’ll have to wait a few more weeks for the official numbers to come out in Montana and a few other states. And from there we’ll have to wait a few more weeks to get reports from hunters in the field.
But there is a glimmer of hope that this upland bird season could be a pretty good one.