Posts Tagged ‘ In-Field Reports ’

Pheasant Opener

By all accounts I think most hunters were pleasantly surprised at the number of birds they saw in the field this weekend.  Having crops out of the field helped a lot in many areas with the corn harvest around 75-80% and beans over 95%.  Hunter numbers were down across the state but harvests were good.  Best numbers for pheasants were in the southwest.

Bird numbers in the southeast reflected the effects of a harsh winter and hunter pressure on private land was low.   There are a lot more birds out there for the hunting and a whole season ahead of us!  My advice…try some of the excellent CRP-Hunter Access lands that allow public access to private lands.  Many of these have good bird numbers and are worth the walk.  You can pick up a Map Atlas booklet that shows locations by county at any NGPC office or permit vendor or online at www.outdoornebraska.org

Be safe! 

Know your target and what lies beyond

Wear blaze orange

Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot

Muzzle control – point that thing in a safe direction…always

Know where members of your hunting party are at all times

Get Em’ Out There

Rawly

Two happy hunters on opening morning!

CRP-MAP lands rock!

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Grouse Nirvana

After  a long week hosting the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Conservation Ed Training Academy I took the weekend to head out west with my father-in-law to chase grouse.  We had a blast!  I think grouse hunting is just plain awesome and truly enjoy chasing these psychotic sandhill chickens.  You will walk a ton (like I need that kind of impact to my cholesterol level) but in some of the best scenery in the state.  Grouse can pop up at any time and give you little warning but when their numbers are large it is a blast (yes pun intended). 

Grouse can be a challenge for some and generally we have luck when the weather gets a bit cold and they tend to huddle up on the protected side of hills from the wind.  On warmer days, the shady side of hills is best.  They are not like pheasant and do not care for thick cover grass but rather favor more choppy sand hills with mixed grasses that have been thinned a bit by grazing.  Give it a trip or two and you’ll get the hang of it. 

We also enjoyed a bit of waterfowl in the sandhill potholes and of course had no intention of going through an entire pheasant opener without chasing them too!  Life is good!

Get Em’ Out There

Rawly

Last night of camp with a tired old dog (the lab was tired too)!

Did I mention I like a BIG fire?

Finally a critter he was familiar with

Every morning was a gift!

Not a lot of trees in them there hills...

NEW Feature – Insight to Archery Deer Hunting

…Sept 15 is the opener of the Archery Deer Season in the great state of Nebraska – which also happens to mark the start of the 15th year for the Mentored Youth Archery Program (MYAP) which connects young Bow Hunter Education graduates with certified Mentors & Bowhunter Education Instructors for an entire archery deer season…this program has become the envy of other state wildlife agencies and organizations as we are seeing past participants of this program not only continue hunting but also pursue other outdoor-related & natural resource professions and some have even become certified Bowhunter Education Instructors themselves…

…to give you a better glimpse into this program – and the fun of deer hunting in Nebraska – we have several young archers that will be blogging from time to time about their experiences in the field…now for these hunters MYAP got started several weeks ago with preparations for the hunt including scouting, target shooting, hanging stands and more target practice…we hope you enjoy their insight into this challenging and yet rewarding pursuit of the white-tailed deer…these hunters give us all reasons to get pumped up for this year’s hunting season, and a look at our future conservationists…enjoy…

hershy