A new ranking of pheasant hunting sites across the country puts Nebraska in the top eight.
Pheasants Forever compiled the list, noting the state is a “bird hunting cornucopia.”
Jared Wiklund, public relations manager, says Nebraska is a must-hunt destination.
“There are plentiful birds in areas – both pheasants and quails – and there’s also prairie grouse in the state as well, if you go to the north central, up to the Sandhills region, so looking at the amount of birds, and the diversity that is offered,” Wiklund tells Nebraska Radio Network. “The other part of it is the access opportunities are pretty good.”
That includes 800,000 public access acres on 300 state and federal land areas, and roughly 280,000 acres of private lands in the Open Fields and Waters Program.
“In my opinion, it’s probably one of the single best access programs in the United States,” Wiklund says. “It’s improving habitat and providing public access. If we can get more funding for that specific program, I think Nebraska can become even more of a destination in the future.”
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s new pheasant management plan calls for a five year, $30 million investment to conserve and manage land, and increase access to more private property.
Wiklund says the 60 Pheasants Forever chapters in the state are eager to help increase bird populations.
“We have a very big influence on the state and helping to push forward some of the habitat projects that are going to come out of the new pheasant plan is going to be one of the tasks of Pheasants Forever.”
Pheasants Forever will highlight Nebraska hunting during the group’s Rooster Road Trip in November 15-16.