The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is considering a five year pheasant management plan at its monthly meeting.
Director Jim Douglas says the bird is part of the state’s culture and improving its habitat is important.
“We have specific areas in the state that we’re going to concentrate on, based on some recent, scientific research that’s been done,” Douglas tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We also have some, what we call, opportunity areas identified where we have a lot of partners who are willing to help and communities we want to involved.”
Douglas says reviewing hunting rules and seeking new funding sources are part of the plan that he estimates will cost as much as $25 million.
“We’re looking at the ways we’re going to acquire dollars to complete these activities,” Douglas says.
Funding options include federal grants and a larger share of the state’s hunting license revenue.
A specific focus will be in the eastern part of the state, where farming sometimes edges out pheasants.
“Right now, there’s some increased interest in the Conservation Reserve Program, for example, because the economics of farming have changed a little in the last couple of years,” Douglas says. “We want to take advantage of opportunities as they exist and try to increase pheasants, especially in some real key areas across the state.”
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission meets Feb. 25 at Pheasant Bonanza Hunt Club and Kennel north of Tekamah. The 1 pm meeting is open to the public.