Re: Rain may be hard on this year pheasants and turks
This past winter was harsh with a lot of deep snow that probably aided in grouse survival. Turkeys and pheasant probably were hurt from the tough winter. Grouse actually thrive in it. Think of where the best grouse destinations are in North America...the upper midwest (Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin) as well as Canada where their winters are much tougher and the snow is much deeper than PA. The lack of snow during a winter, I believe, can actually hurt winter survival. A cold wet spring, on the other hand, I believe can hurt all three species. In my opinion, this has been a great spring so far for grouse production since all the rain came when the birds were either breeding or nesting. Since the last week of May until now and probably the next few weeks (when the majority of grouse poults are hatching) the weather has been near perfect for them. I am predicting a good grouse hatch, although I will admit I am usually overly optimistic.