Thousands of Nebraska hunters will be taking to the fields on Saturday for the start of the pheasant and quail season. Greg Wagner, spokesman for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, says it could be a challenging hunt this season.
He says the McCook area is about the only part of the state where the hunting may be good, as bird numbers are down significantly virtually statewide. Wagner says the prolonged cold, snowy winter and the rainy, chilly spring had a negative impact on the state’s game bird populations.
Wagner says, “We still have birds out there, but you’re just going to have to work harder, walk farther and hit more habitat to try to get some rooster pheasants.” Wagner has some tips for hunters looking for those birds.
He suggests hitting the edge of harvested crops where tall grasses run up against the combined corn fields, especially mid-morning to mid-afternoon, also around weedy water sources.
Hunters can take three pheasants a day and shooting begins a half hour before sunrise running until sunset daily.
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton