Drought, other factors reduce pheasant numbers
By Jessica Domel
Multimedia Reporter

Pheasant hunting will likely be more challenging for Texas hunters this year.

The season opens Saturday, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is reporting a pheasant population about 90% below the 15-year average.

“West Texas has not been immune to the ongoing drought conditions we’ve seen across the state for some time. Despite some recent relief for much of the state, that really didn’t help us out during the nesting season earlier this year or in the past few years,” John McLaughlin, TPWD upland game bird program leader, told the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Radio Network.

The drought led to poor habitat conditions, in general, across the High Plains and limited grass growth.

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