Nebraska a top pheasant state

Nebraska and Iowa are among the nation’s top eight pheasant hunting states, according to Pheasants Forever.

“The Cornhusker State is a bird hunting cornucopia,” wrote PF blogger Ron Spomer. “You’re liable to bump into not just ringnecks, but bobwhites, sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chickens. And you can look for them on 800,000 public-access acres on 300 state and federal land areas. That’s only 2 percent of the state’s total land, so if you can talk yourself onto private lands, you’ll have the potential to walk yourself to death in a flurry of upland hunting.”

Spomer also mentions Nebraska’s array of public hunting land opportunities and how to locate them in the Nebraska Public Access Atlas.

Of Iowa, he wrote: “This is where the tall corn grows, and when it’s interspersed with tall CRP grass, it’s where the pheasants grow, too. Hunters took 270,000 roosters to dinner during Iowa’s 2015 season, the fifth year of increase in a row. But that’s much less than it was in CRP’s heyday. Iowa exemplifies what is wrong with pheasants across much of the country — not enough good habitat. Loss of CRP grass in recent years has exacerbated this.”

Other states mentioned in the blog “The Great 8: The Country’s Top Eight Pheasant Hunting States” are Minnesota, North Dakota, Kansas, South Dakota, Montana and Colorado.