Pheasant and Grouse numbers are down—at their lowest since 2000.
2017 was a drought year, and that’s what did it — according to the Game and Fish Department.
They report, a 38-percent decrease in pheasants from previous years.
No rain, no moisture, no bugs….
In the first 10 days of a birds life— they need those bugs to survive.
RJ Gross, Upland Game and Bird Management Biologist, says, “The news of the drought brought down hunters numbers and the lower number of birds obviously was a big impact on people coming here and a lower harvest rates.”
June is the most critical month because this is the peak hatch time.
Since there has been moisture — game and fish is expecting a rebound in numbers.