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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 06-20-2014, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Update on 2014 pheasants

This place is <span style="font-weight: bold">dead</span> so I figured i'd start a pheasant thread : )

But seriously how did the 2014 flush and crow counts go? last year everything was a dramatic increase did we continue that growth, stabilize or decrease?

or was there a thread and I missed it
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Re: Update on 2014 pheasants

I believe the weather canceled most of the flushing surveys

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Re: Update on 2014 pheasants

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I believe the weather canceled most of the flushing surveys
I'm pretty sure you are correct. I helped with one and had this thread going.

https://www.huntingpa.com/forums/ubbt...3260291&page=1

I would think the hard winter caused a decline in the crowing numbers but hopefully the spring was good to the hens and their nests.

I've been hearing and seeing local holdovers. I saw pair fly into a CREP field last week in the evening.
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Re: Update on 2014 pheasants

Based on crowing count numbers this spring, we are down 50% from last year. The winter was pretty hard on the birds. This is typical with pheasant populations and the same fluctuations are seen out west. There are still plenty of birds to rebuild the numbers. New CREP incentives will give us more habitat and this time it will have more switchgrass for better winter survival and nesting cover.

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Re: Update on 2014 pheasants

That stinks. When hunting in the WPRA's gets going will they have to shut it down after a bad winter or back to back bad winters?
As for the switchgrass wasn't there a plan for winter cover before hand? The reason I ask is i thought there was.
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Re: Update on 2014 pheasants

Winter held on longer than normal- right or wrong I tend to think that set things back a couple weeks.

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Re: Update on 2014 pheasants

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That stinks. When hunting in the WPRA's gets going will they have to shut it down after a bad winter or back to back bad winters?
As for the switchgrass wasn't there a plan for winter cover before hand? The reason I ask is i thought there was.
I think Lynn said that this is new additional land obtained through the crep program. The more acres of wintering land, the better they should do.

Sad to see that many lost, but I think that it will be helpful to those studying this as far as seeing how quick they repopulate. The rate in which they repopulate is a direct correlation of how viable the program is in the long term. IMO.

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Re: Update on 2014 pheasants

I thought it left earlier at least earlier than the year before in my area. It was a nice March
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Winter held on longer than normal- right or wrong I tend to think that set things back a couple weeks.
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Re: Update on 2014 pheasants

the last of the ice left my yard in late march.

the type of winter we had was bad for birds.
the snows were deep and ice was in layers.
it covered food and crushed down even the hardiest winter covers.
I feel bad for the setback ,but on the other hand
the survivors are tough little beasts,they will pass on good genes

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I thought it left earlier at least earlier than the year before in my area. It was a nice March
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Winter held on longer than normal- right or wrong I tend to think that set things back a couple weeks.
I think you're farther north, south of 80 got hammered by a late, heavy storm that's remnants lingered.

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