2015 Kansas Upland Bird Numbers Soar

September 19, 2015 by

"Prolonged drought is to blame for low upland bird numbers. However, much-needed rains came to parts of Kansas in 2014 and 2015. As a result, pheasant and quail populations, as well as lesser and greater prairie chicken populations, have rebounded nicely, and the 2015-16 season looks much more promising than previous seasons, providing reason for optimism."

"The best area for pheasant numbers this year will likely be in the Northern High Plains (northwest Kansas, Cheyenne, Rawlins, Decatur, Norton, Sherman, Thomas, Sheridan, Graham, Wallace, Logan, Gove, Greeley, Wichita, Scott and Lane counties) which saw a 130-percent increase in the pheasant roadside densities seen compared to 2014 figures. This was the greatest improvement seen in any area, but still well-below average. This area also claimed the highest regional pheasant index on the brood survey this year. Highest densities should be found in the northern half of this region"

Article Originally published by Marc Murrell, The Topeka Capital Journal (CJOnline.com)


Posted in: Kansas Pheasant Hunting News

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