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  1. #11
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    I was out there the first week of the season with a ton of other out of stater's looking for another option because of the drought in the Dakotas. Most of the CRP had been hayed at some point during the summer and was not thick enough to hold birds. There were a ton of disappointed hunters that were expecting a "Dakota" like experience. Having said that, if you have a good dog, put the miles in, and make the most of your opportunities you should do alright. If you are missing any of those pieces you are looking at a 1 bird day. It's definitely hunting!

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    This season has been a lot harder than I thought it would be. Maybe it is the late harvest, but I am just not seeing as many birds as I have in the previous couple years. Hoping for some cold weather to come through to bunch them up. Still has been fun to get out though!

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    Just got back from 3 days in the southwest portion of the state. Nice weather, Pretty tough hunting, not near as many birds as I expected. Quite a few hunters out hunting. 3 of of us with 2 dogs ended up getting 12 birds in 2 1/2 days of hard hunting. Not sure what to think, for a supposed pheasant hunting state the numbers of birds seemed pretty weak. They sure were Wiley, better have some blockers or you'll have a rough time. Maybe we'll come out in a month or so and give it another go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PTH View Post
    Just got back from 3 days in the southwest portion of the state. Nice weather, Pretty tough hunting, not near as many birds as I expected. Quite a few hunters out hunting. 3 of of us with 2 dogs ended up getting 12 birds in 2 1/2 days of hard hunting. Not sure what to think, for a supposed pheasant hunting state the numbers of birds seemed pretty weak. They sure were Wiley, better have some blockers or you'll have a rough time. Maybe we'll come out in a month or so and give it another go.
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    I do think there are less birds from my 2 trips to Nebraska so far this season. The game wardens are always talking up the walk in stubble but in my experience these fields are sprayed so completely with herbicides there is no cover to hold birds. The CRP has been consistently taken out of the program only to plant dry land corn. If you plan on traveling a long distance to hunt Nebraska I suggest you look for other options. The hunting pressure is getting worse especially given the reduced good CRP.

    My 2 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HS Strut View Post
    I'm heading out in a couple weeks and I'm gonna be really upset if the CRP is mowed.
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    Why would you be mad if a farmer mowed his/her CRP? If they did mow it, they either had permission from the feds or its been withdrawn. It's none of our business what they do. And hunters wonder why land owners don't like hunters on their property. Good luck on hunting your public lands.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by homeradam View Post
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    Why would you be mad if a farmer mowed his/her CRP? If they did mow it, they either had permission from the feds or its been withdrawn. It's none of our business what they do. And hunters wonder why land owners don't like hunters on their property. Good luck on hunting your public lands.......
    Because when I pick up the "Atlas" and drive 800 miles I'd like to be able to hunt what the State "Advertised" as huntable land. If they had a drought in southern Nebraska (I've not heard that area was effected? Maybe it was?) and they gave the landowners who've been paid to let the CRP grow and allow hunters to use it, permission to mow it for hay, that's fine...then I think we should be notified that if we drive 800 miles, the land we thought we could hunt is now a putting green. That's all. If the farmers need that hay? Fine. Hay it. But send out an email or make an updated online atlas that shows CRP that's no longer there.

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    While I can't exactly know what was meant by that comment about moving the CRP, I can tell you that I am upset with the Nebraska Game and Parks for enrolling mowed CRP and winter wheat in the program. I understand mid term CRP management where the framer is required to do maintenance on their CRP by the Federal government where they may may mow it, burn it or disc it as required but I don't understand NE Game and Parks enrolling winter wheat or wheat stubble that is so short that it won't hold birds.
    A farmer that put some of his ground in this year told me the Game and Parks contacted him and asked him if he would enroll. They asked him what he had and he told them how much CRP and how much wheat stubble. They asked him if he would enroll it all for what they offered, one year contract and he said yes. The CRP is good, the wheat stubble isn't. He doesn't even think they went by it to check.
    The Game and Parks has wasted a bunch of money on ground that will never hold a pheasant this year.
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    I think they hayed the CRP to send to the Dakotas and Montana. I have no issue with that. There are plenty of places to hunt and there are some birds but as I said before you have to work for them. I did hunt some of the wheat stubble and there were birds but it was tough to get them to hold. If you are hunting with someone you could work together to push them to each other or cover that they will hold in. It's pretty tough for one guy and a dog. A lot of places do not look to great from the road but once you get to walking you find areas that hold birds. You walk and walk and nothing but all of the sudden wham you have 2 birds. I kind of enjoyed the challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by homeradam View Post
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    Why would you be mad if a farmer mowed his/her CRP? If they did mow it, they either had permission from the feds or its been withdrawn. It's none of our business what they do. And hunters wonder why land owners don't like hunters on their property. Good luck on hunting your public lands.......
    Itís absolutely our business. The water is ours, the air is ours, the money that subsidizes farming and the markets they sell trade their products on are all ours.

    Good luck farming without public investment and infrastructure. They tried that for a while and people mostly starved.

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    Ha! Great attitude to have. I will be sure to mention that the next time I knock on a farmers door and ask permission.

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