Pheasants Everywhere!!

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  1. BirdJ

    BirdJ Elite Refuge Member

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    Can't believe the number of pheasants around here!!! Last winter was VERY mild so a lot of birds made it through!!! I don't think you can go a mile with out seeing at least 10 birds or more!! Had a great hatch also:tu Saw one group of chicks with a hen crossing the road and there were 12 in that group alone and were already flying. I'm quessing that she picked up some strays from a hen that was killed but they are all over the place. Should be an awesome season!!:yes
     
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    Thats good to hear. I know my buddy even in ND said the same thing. Coming off a few bad winters in a row its nice to see them get a mild one.
     
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    .....we had them like that here in central illinois (but nothing compared to the dakotas).....then we had 2 severe winters with blizzards and the pheasants just disappeared and have never
    returned in any great numbers.
    I did hear some bobwhites yesterday morning!....haven't heard or seen any of those for several years.
     
  4. BirdJ

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    NO habitat I take it?
     
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    No Cattle=no Pasture=no Fences=no Pheasants. Along with that we have VERY FEW Hedge (Osage Orange) ROWS still standing.
    If you can find a good OLD farm with the above-mentioned ingredients still standing you will find Birds (Quail and Pheasants).....but finding a farm with those ingredients still standing is about as likely as finding an Honest Politician here in Illinois.
    If you've seen the Movie "HOOSIERS" you might recall Gene Hackman and that gal walking down a hedge row on her parents old rundown farm. THAT'S the kind of "OLD" farm land I grew up around and it was always loaded with Quail and, a few years later, Pheasants.....then a few years later...no game birds at all.
     
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    Just wondering if we will see a second hatch of pheasants this year? Been running up and down the HWY's early in the mornings and late afternoons going to and coming back from fishing and have seen a bunch of hens and roosters on the shoulders but no little ones. I saw some little ones even flying already at least four weeks ago. If we do have another hatch before the road ditches get mowed and the wheat fields are combined, lions and tigers and bears OH MY are we goint to have the pheasants!!!!:grvn
     

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