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TEXAS—PHEASANTS CONTINUE POST-DROUGHT REBOUND
Forecast: Texas pheasants continue to rebound from the state’s drought of the last several years. Although the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department won’t conduct surveys until October and November, wildlife managers expect good hunting.
“Pheasant numbers showed a moderate bounce in 2015, and we anticipate another bump this year,” says Calvin Richardson, district 2 leader for the department. “Landowners and biologists have been seeing a few more birds this summer, including some localized concentrations. Pheasant hunters should find fair to good hunting opportunities this year, especially in areas with irrigated grain crops adjacent to good cover such as playas or CRP that has not been hayed or grazed.”
“As usual, some of the better pheasant numbers will be found in Dallam, Hartley, Hansford, Sherman, Ochiltree, Deaf Smith, Moore, Carson, and Roberts counties,” says Richardson. “Although a little more inconsistent in distribution, Swisher, Briscoe, Castro, and Parmer counties will be supporting a few birds in localized situations.”
"Count that day lost whose low, descending sun
Is not, in part, obscured by powder from my gun"