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he district. Contact was made with 624 hunters, with 315 roosters harvested (0.51 per hunter) and 109 quail (0.18). Over most of the region staff reported hunters encountering abundant pheasant and quail, with success suffering because of "poor shooting" and wild flushing birds that hunters could not get close to. Most out-of-state hunters were from Colorado, but others were from Kansas, Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Southeast – Hunters reported dropping birds, but their dogs being unable to locate them due to poor conditions for scenting. Nearly 95 percent of the crops appeared to have been harvested across the region. Hunting activity dropped off considerably late on opening day and on the following day, despite early activity afield being higher than in 2015. Contact was made with 107 hunters across the region, outside of the pheasant release areas, that harvested 59 pheasants (0.55 per hunter) and 20 quail (0.19). On pheasant release sites, an additional 371 hunters were contacted and harvested 155 roosters (0.42).
Northwest – Above-average temperatures and dry conditions affected hunter success. Those hunting north of Alliance reported seeing between 150 and 200 pheasants afield, and got 70 up from one to five acre field. A separate party hunting southeast of Sidney reported pheasant abundance was the best it had seen in 30 years. Crops were 20-60 percent harvested across the cultivated area of the region. Contact was made with 119 hunters, who harvested 171 pheasants (1.44 per hunter). No quail were reported harvested, but the region is mostly outside of the quail range in Nebraska.
Northeast – Hunter activity was low across the region, even though conditions were more conducive for upland hunting – cooler temperatures and damp air – in some parts of the district. Hunters afield saw good numbers of birds, despite low success rates. The exceptions to low participation were Elk Point Bend and Audubon wildlife management areas, where pressure and success were high. Contact was made with 261 hunters outside of pheasant release sites. They harvested 106 roosters (0.41 per hunter) and 14 quail (0.5). On pheasant release sites, an additional 246 hunters were contacted. They harvested 169 pheasants (0.69).
Prospects look good as pheasant season opens
Prospects look good for Nebraska's pheasant, quail and partridge hunting season, which opened Oct. 29.
Conditions for upland birds are better than in recent years, and pheasant and quail abundance in Nebraska this year is higher than the five-year average over most of the state. Most of the state, which experienced a generally mild winter, received timely spring rainfall, producing abundant nesting and brood-rearing cover for pheasants.
Pheasant abundance this fall should be similar or slightly lower than during the 2015 hunting season, which saw a 26 percent increase in harvest compared to 2014. Southwestern Nebraska and the Panhandle should offer the best hunting opportunities this fall. Surveys indicate pheasant abundance is higher in the central and Sandhills regions, compared to 2015. Abundance in other regions of the state is predicted to be similar or slightly lower than 2015, but not significantly.
Quail abundance continues to be high across the species' Nebraska range. The southeast, Republican River, and east central regions should provide the best hunting opportunities for 2016. Surveys show that abundance should be as good, or better, than the 2015 hunting season, which was 73 percent greater than the year before.
Public and private land will offer plenty of options for hunters this season. Public land and lands open to public hunting through the Open Fields and Waters program can be found in the Public Access Atlas, available online at Tall wheat and milo stubble fields open to public hunting also are in the atlas.
This fall, Pheasants Forever (PF) has taken notice of Nebraska's pheasant hunting prospects. It recently selected Nebraska as one of the nation's top eight pheasant hunting states, describing the Cornhusker State as a "bird hunting cornucopia." The Commission partners with PF and Quail Forever to improve habitat, increase hunting opportunities and enhance hunting experiences for thousands of hunters.
The hunting season for pheasant, quail and partridge is Oct. 29 – Jan. 31, 2017. Hunting permits may be purchased at Mobile permits are available.
For a closer look at the upcoming season, read the Commission's Upland Game Hunting Outlook at
North Dakota
Some Refuges Open to Late-Season Upland Game
Hunters are reminded that several North Dakota national wildlife refuges open to late-season upland game bird hunting the day after the deer gun season closes.
Arrowwood, Audubon, Des Lacs, J. Clark Salyer, Lake Alice, Lake Zahl, Long Lake, Lostwood, Tewaukon (pheasants only), and Upper Souris NWRs open Nov. 21.
However, portions of each refuge are closed to hunting. Hunters should contact refuge headquarters for information on closed areas and other restrictions: Arrowwood 701-285-3341; Audubon 701-442-5474; Des Lacs 701-385-4046; J. Clark Salyer 701-768-2548; Lake Alice 701-662-8611; Lake Zahl 701-965-6488; Long Lake 701-387-4397; Lostwood 701-848-2722; Tewaukon 701-724-3598; and Upper Souris 701-468-5467; or visit and click on "National Wildlife Refuges" for details on each individual refuge.
National wildlife refuges are managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Hunters are reminded that use of nontoxic shot is required on all USFWS lands. State regulations found in the North Dakota 2016-17 Small Game Guide apply. Seasons for pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse, Hungarian partridge and ruffed grouse close statewide on Jan. 8, 2017. 
PLOTS Regulations
Out-of-state hunters are reminded that state law does not allow nonresidents to hunt on North Dakota Game and Fish Department owned or managed lands during the first week of pheasant season.
Private Land Open to Sportsmen acreage and state wildlife management areas are open to hunting by resident hunters only from Oct. 8-14. Nonresidents, however, can still hunt those days on other state-owned and federal lands, or private land.
The law applies to all small game, waterfowl, furbearer and big game hunting on PLOTS and state wildlife management areas during the first seven days of the pheasant season. Starting Oct. 15 this year, nonresidents may hunt on PLOTS and WMAs as long as the appropriate season is open.
In addition, all hunters are reminded that activities such as riding horses for hunting purposes or for pleasure on PLOTS require written permission from the landowner. Permission from the landowner is always required for motorized vehicle access, such as for setting decoys in a field, unless specially designated on the PLOTS sign.
Also, leaving equipment or other provisions in a PLOTS area overnight, for example tree stands or blinds, decoys, firearms and archery equipment, trail cameras, or any type of bait used to attract big game animals, is not allowed without written permission from the landowner.
2016 fall pheasant stocking numbers will provide for another exciting fall pheasant hunt
This fall, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists plan to release roughly 75,000 game farm pheasants on 90 public hunting grounds throughout Wisconsin.
These numbers are slightly lower than 2015 stocking efforts, but rep

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