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    Well, it looks like Illinois came out of this winter with ease. Early on (this past winter), predation was higher than normal (this part of the state) due to a hard snow pack issue. The hard/crusted snow really made it difficult for birds to seek safety in the cover once a hawk was on their tail. It melted mid-winter. At that point conditions were much better for the birds up this way.


    The roosters are starting to cackle behind my dads place. He said they're moving around a lot--as they cackle. A good sign they are staking out their breeding territory.

    A lot of rain yesterday has lower areas very wet but we still have some time before hens start to nest.

    How are conditions elsewhere through the state? Any cackling or fighting roosters in sight yet?
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    The following is the averages for pheasant nesting in Midwest.

    May 10 first nests
    May 24 incubation of first nests
    June 10-18 peak nest hatching

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    Thanks for the info Bob.
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    I saw a large/bright ball in the sky this morning. I found some photos of it online. Turns out it's called the "Sun".

    The forecast is looking good for this coming week--at least up here in the northern part of the state. Little to no chance of rain. Low areas are very wet right now. Too wet. God willing they will dry up soon so the hens can utilize some of these areas for nesting.

    How's central Illinois looking after all this rain the state had?
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    Lol. Is anyone out there?
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    I'm here! However I'm heading to NW Ontario fishing for 2 weeks! Can't wait!

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    Okay good! I started to get worried that everyone left the state. Lol

    It's been a long time since I've been on Ontario. Best of luck up there.
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    Anyone know how the birds are fairing? Spring was really wet, and these past few weeks have been hot and humid.

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    I haven't had a chance to check on the pheasants around my area yet. Here we are in June already But yes, it was wet for some time there. Too wet.

    My dad has wild pheasants behind his house. He's heard a few roosters cackling and seen two roosters working their stuff but that's about it. No signs or reports of chicks yet but it's still early.

    There's a land owner from the area who has some food plot seed at my shop. Once he comes by to pick it up I'll post what he tells me as soon as I get some info from him. A lot of his habitat is on lower ground so I'm guessing he's going to tell me the nests most likely got flooded out. We'll see.

    What part of the state are you in George?
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    Located in DuPage county. I've been doing my hunting in Livingston county at a hunting club. I'll probably be taking the dog out to Des Plaines Wildlife area within the next few weeks for some short sessions in the field. Will post if I see anything.

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