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. Still, many huntes were shocked to have opportunities at many birds per field, with many limiting out! 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
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