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    Question Montana pheasant numbers?

    I live in eastern MT. Does anyone know where to find the pheasant forecast for this fall? Getting the itch bad! I have done searches and not found anything. Most states post their road side counts and crowing counts etc. Does MT? I'm not a biologist but it seems that they had a mild winter a good spring and a nice summer. Just hoping to see something that confirms what I'm hoping for this fall. Last year it looked like farmers cut a lot of crp land late because it was so dry. I haven't seen that this year. Also I has anybody heard when they are going to publish the maps and info. on the new crp program for farmers to open there crp for the public to hunt birds.

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    welcome to UPH!
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    Welcome Brad, Where bouts in E MT do you live?

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    The closest town to me is Sidney.

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    When the M,F,W and Parks comes out with the hunt planner in a couple weeks they will have a region by region and sometimes a county by county forecast.
    Usually going by the 10 year average.
    Best thing for You would be to fill up the gas tank and take a drive around Follow some ranch roads along the creeks and YS River.

    MT as far as I know doesn't do counts like other states, they kinda just guess at it considering the severity of the Winter, nesting conditions, Rainfall amounts, cover conditions etc. Not a bad way IMO.

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    I see the hunt planner is coming out on the 15th are they mailing them out on that day does anyone know?

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    Yes, it looks like FWP will begin to mail them out on the 15th. http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/hunterAcce...tantDates.html

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    Thanks, I am looking forward to seeing if my best spots are still open.
    mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnmthunting View Post
    MT as far as I know doesn't do counts like other states, they kinda just guess at it considering the severity of the Winter, nesting conditions, Rainfall amounts, cover conditions etc. Not a bad way IMO.
    I seem to recall that they also do a mail carrier count where they ask the postman to count what he sees on a specific day while he's delivering mail and factoring that into the final projection. Pretty clever in my view and I bet pretty accurate if they have a number of years to compare the counts to vs. the hunter success rates.

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