posted on December 08, 2015 23:51
The differing populations and success of wild upland birds, such as grouse and pheasants, are likely to vary by hatch and chick survival rates.
While a really bad year can set back breeding success for a couple of years; if there is a good hatch and survival rate among chicks over a couple of seasons – there is bound to be great hunting.
Montana is looking at its recent history to determine whether they will have a good hunting season or not. For the past couple of years, there have been ideal winters and this could mean a good hunting season when looking at the state in general.
Yet, hunting experts in the area are warning that this year, there could be excellent hunting in one area and just 50 miles away a bad hunting experience. In the industry this is known as ‘spotty’.
Pheasant hunting in the area could be poor. Montana, like many states, is experiencing a significant decline in the amount of lands enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program. Also, in some areas of the state, numbers are varied and tend to be less than last year. Only in the northeast corner of Montana are pheasant populations doing well.
Hunting conditions in the northwest of the state are also expected to be challenging and when the opportunity arises, hunters are encouraged to be in different areas to take advantage of more favorable hunting.
At the same time, hunting experts are warning those who take their dogs to be careful. It can often be very hot in September and early October, so you will need to carry plenty of water for your four legged friend and to make sure that they aren’t getting over hot.
When cooling down your dog wet the armpits and belly as these are problematic areas for the animals and can be dangerous to leave to become too hot.
Are you hunting in Montana this year? Are you expecting great results?
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