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    today...down 30% statewide, with ranges of 15% to 38% (down) depending on the area...however, it said conditions have been quite good for nesting, and it is very possible that there will be a good hatch, which will help in the rebuilding process getting back to pre-drought levels...it blamed the drought for the decrease in crowing birds...

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    I think the nesting is more important.Looking forward to roadside
    Report in sept.I am coming no matter what.
    There will be habitat to hunt.That is why I did not come last year
    Because of drought effect on habitat not pheasant numbers.
    A perfect day for me would be my dogs put up 5 roosters in 6 hours
    That are within a shootable range

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    BB: What is this study? "It said conditions"....little help here.

    Thanks!

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    on the GFP website under "news"...came out today, I believe...

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    OK, thanks for the response - I'll try and review the report.

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    Was at my farm south of bowman today
    Grass up to the hood on my pickup best in years
    Lots of sweetclover
    If there is a good hatch from what birds that
    Made it this winter they have the cover and bugs they need
    Only problem is early haying

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    Spring Pheasant Count Down from Last Year
    Mon, 06/25/2018
    North Dakota’s spring pheasant population index is down 30 percent from the same time last year, according to the state Game and Fish Department’s 2018 spring crowing count survey.

    R.J. Gross, upland game management biologist, said the number of roosters heard crowing this spring was down statewide, with decreases ranging from 15 to 38 percent in the primary regions holding pheasants.

    “We entered spring with a lower than average number of adult birds,” Gross said. “Last year’s production was far below average due to the statewide drought conditions.”

    However, Gross said the past winter was good for bird survival, so hens should be in good physical shape for the nesting season.

    “In addition, this spring’s weather has been good so far, as most of the state has received adequate rainfall,” he added. “If the trend continues, a good hatch should be expected, but it will take a few years of good reproduction to get the population back to where it was before the drought.”

    While the spring number is an indicator, Gross said it does not predict what the fall population will look like. Brood surveys, which begin in late July and are completed by September, provide a much better estimate of summer pheasant production and what hunters might expect for a fall pheasant population.

    Pheasant crowing counts are conducted each spring throughout North Dakota. Observers drive specified 20-mile routes, stopping at predetermined intervals, and counting the number of pheasant roosters heard crowing over a two-minute period during the stop.

    The number of pheasant crows heard is compared to previous years’ data, providing a trend summary
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    I can't find it anywhere but the report on the TV news last night said that last season the young of the year bird to old bird ratio was about 1:1 It is normally 3 or 4:1

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    Here is a report I just read.

    Spring Pheasant Count Down 15-38% from Last Year

    North Dakota’s spring pheasant population index is down 30 percent from the same time last year, according to the state Game and Fish Department’s 2018 spring crowing count survey.

    R.J. Gross, upland game management biologist, said the number of roosters heard crowing this spring was down statewide, with decreases ranging from 15 to 38 percent in the primary regions holding pheasants.

    “We entered spring with a lower than average number of adult birds,” Gross said. “Last year’s production was far below average due to the statewide drought conditions.”

    However, Gross said the past winter was good for bird survival, so hens should be in good physical shape for the nesting season.

    “In addition, this spring’s weather has been good so far, as most of the state has received adequate rainfall,” he added. “If the trend continues, a good hatch should be expected, but it will take a few years of good reproduction to get the population back to where it was before the drought.”

    While the spring number is an indicator, Gross said it does not predict what the fall population will look like. Brood surveys, which begin in late July and are completed by September, provide a much better estimate of summer pheasant production and what hunters might expect for a fall pheasant population.

    Pheasant crowing counts are conducted each spring throughout North Dakota. Observers drive specified 20-mile routes, stopping at predetermined intervals, and counting the number of pheasant roosters heard crowing over a two-minute period during the stop.

    The number of pheasant crows heard is compared to previous years’ data, providing a trend summary.

    Area Update: Pheasant numbers appear to be better than last year in north central North Dakota. Regular rains have provided a good start to crop, hay and pasture areas, resulting in solid insect hatches -- which were missing in 2017 due to drought. Sharptail grouse and huns should also benefit from these conditions.

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    Hail last night around Bowman and Hettinger, hope it wasn't real bad.

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    It looked bad. The Adam's county record has a video. KFYRTV had a pic. Still hail on the ground this morning.

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