Take the spring crowing counts for pheasants. The statewide index, which includes the average of all survey routes, decreased 11 percent from 2012. That doesn’t mean pheasant hunters will shoot 11 percent fewer roosters this fall. read more
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The FWS uses Harvest Information Program registrations to randomly select a sample of hunters provide information on the kind and number of migratory birds they harvest during the hunting season. read more
“They’re learning to hunt, which helps us,” he continued. “They’re learning that we can have pheasants here in the Beanfield, which may help us with support of our projects in the future. They can start to understand that if you steward the land a little bit, you can see the results in the field.” read more
The annual spring breeding duck survey showed an index of 3.9 million birds, down 17 percent from last year but still 73 percent above the long-term average since the survey began in 1948. read more
All four pheasant districts had lower counts than last year. The number of crows heard in the northeast declined by 18 percent, southeast and southwest by 11 percent, and the northwest by nearly 2 percent. read more