Explore all the news from pheasant country, plan your hunts, and keep autumn traditions alive.
Deepest winter, and its impact on pheasant survival, is long gone. Spring, and how it affected the bird hatch, is a distant memory. Summer, and how it helped or hindered chick survival, is over. Now all that remains is fall and early winter … pheasant season.
It’s the time we as upland hunters, and ringneck fans, live for. Pheasants Forever’s 2019 Fall Hunting Forecast, an annual undertaking of epic proportions, runs down the pheasant news and insights you need to complete your fall trip planning, get excited for the upland action to come in your home state, or both.
ROOSTERS COUNTS MEET WITH SOME CHALLENGES, BUT HUNTING SHOULD BE DECENT TO GOOD ACROSS THE PHEASANT RANGE
The resilience of ring-necked pheasants is clear in the full gamebag of state-by-state reports we’ve prepared for 2019’s Pheasant Hunting Forecast.
In many states – South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota among them – pheasant counts decreased less than one would have expected after a horrific winter and extremely wet spring-summer nesting and brood-rearing season. But the moisture has brought benefits with it. North Dakota and Montana habitat looks great. Kansas and Nebraska will still be excellent destinations, despite spring's rain and floosing. In places like Michigan and Illinois, hard work by PF chapters is paying off with more habitat on the ground, and that means more birds.
The bottom line everywhere is habitat. Thank you for your support of The Habit Organization. Now it’s time to harvest some rewards from the hard-earned dollars you’ve given to PF, and your hard work. If you’re not yet a member, it’s time to join.
Here’s to cackling roosters and happy dogs on bluebird autumn days. Have a great hunt!