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    anyone seeing any broods yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterfowler54 View Post
    anyone seeing any broods yet?
    I don't see how any nest would have hatched at all, at least in Rush, Barton, Pawnee counties. A couple of these towns are still under water. Some of the people here in their 80's say it has been the worst rain they have ever seen. And the timing could not have been any worse. And I am just taking rain, some of the areas has significant hail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by westksbowhunter View Post
    I don't see how any nest would have hatched at all, at least in Rush, Barton, Pawnee counties. A couple of these towns are still under water. Some of the people here in their 80's say it has been the worst rain they have ever seen. And the timing could not have been any worse. And I am just talking rain, some of the areas has significant hail.
    if there are any viable nests left, it is a bit too early to expect to see any chicks. i agree with westbow, this will be worse than the drought years for reproduction.....guessing down 80% from last season, in the prime areas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter94 View Post
    if there are any viable nests left, it is a bit too early to expect to see any chicks. i agree with westbow, this will be worse than the drought years for reproduction.....guessing down 80% from last season, in the prime areas.
    80 percent I doubt that. I bet some pheasants hatched in the western third of the state. If they have to renest the wheats is tall enough they will cut right over the top of them.

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    I talked to a cousin of mine in NWK the other day. He hadnít seen any broods at the time, but has seen several nests, and said that conditions look good. He is expecting a good hatch and so am I.

    I did see my first brood of quail in SEK last week. Mama and around a dozen little ones walking a dirt road on my family farm.
    Last edited by Kansan; 06-03-2019 at 11:45 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter94 View Post
    if there are any viable nests left, it is a bit too early to expect to see any chicks. i agree with westbow, this will be worse than the drought years for reproduction.....guessing down 80% from last season, in the prime areas.
    For the counties I mentioned that is a fair assessment. Hopefully Troy weighs in but his assessment he mentioned earlier was spot on with what we are assuming. I believe he mentioned losing the brooding females as well. Quail should be okay as they don't nest til later. Farmers are telling me harvest may be in July.

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    Quote Originally Posted by westksbowhunter View Post
    Farmers are telling me harvest may be in July.
    Itís beginning to look that way.

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    A little over 2 inches of rain Saturday night so there is going to be a lot of farmers who won't get any Milo in now. Many did not get corn in and those that did lost some of it to flooding. Just been really bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by westksbowhunter View Post
    I don't see how any nest would have hatched at all, at least in Rush, Barton, Pawnee counties. A couple of these towns are still under water. Some of the people here in their 80's say it has been the worst rain they have ever seen. And the timing could not have been any worse. And I am just taking rain, some of the areas has significant hail.
    Lol. You are still killing off all the birds I see so nobody gives you any competition. How about the deer and turkeys, you do the same on other sites with them. The wheat harvest will be a couple weeks late which is good for the pheasant. Most of the western third of Kansas hasn't had really bad hail but has had rain which is good for the weeds and cover. I know some guys who think their wheat may be as good as it has ever been, but like I said a couple weeks late. Good wheat almost alway equals a good hatch, especially with a later harvest. And yes, I know of some broods already being seen. Even if in some areas the broods have been flooded out as you say, there is plenty of time to renest. An with the rain, good cover and bugs that comes with both, they should be good.

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    I think the decoder ring for 2019 is broken. Not sure anyone will be willing to make any early predictions on nesting success this year. I am seeing male bobwhites almost daily. I guess that is better than seeing hens. Our rain here has slowed down some this month over last. I had 15.74 inches in May. I've only had 4.03 so far in June with the largest day total 1.74 on the 16th. Anything that nested or tried to in the bottom of any drainages undoubtedly suffered significant losses. I hope that the entire nesting attempt is delayed and with the harvest also delayed, we still can have hope. If late nests are significant, we can overcome the early hurdles. If not, it will be a skimpy year. Way too many variables right now to give it a name!
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