There is a population of pheasants along the milk river, itís irrigation flooded fields, itís feeder creeks and dry creeks. Guys I know that hunt that way say numbers are down but not to the point of extinction. I will say the guys I know are mostly a one trick pony, primarily hunting Pheasants.
Iím tired of arguing about this. If the state shut down the season Iíd comply otherwise Iíd keep hunting. Again your personal perception of the population is just that, there are plenty of successful hunters in NE Montana. How many give or take 10 hunters that have made the decision to stop hunting for the preservation of the species. I bet some had such horrible hunting they moved to waterfowl to have some success and get their dogs some retrieving work. But to do it to increase the population I just donít see it, unless they continually shoot hens by accident
Iíve been very honest itís tough times out there, all I can say if a guy is willing to walk a lot he can have success, or get onto the right land.
Pheasants Forever puts out a lot of facts about the birds. Even when numbers are low, hunters will have a limited impact on the population. This is America, if you want to put your gun on safe and let it hang, go for it, hopefully bird numbers will be better this year in MT, SD, and ND.