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Panhandle pheasant hunters have success on opening weekend | KRVN Radio

Panhandle pheasant hunters have success on opening weekend

Panhandle pheasant hunters have success on opening weekend
Hunters from around the country returned to rural Nebraska this past weekend to partake in a coveted outdoor tradition – the pheasant season opener.
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Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says compared to 2017, hunter success on the opening weekend was slightly higher for pheasants but  hunting pressure was relatively low across the state.
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In the panhandle, most hunters were observed hunting public lands, including WMAs and Open Fields and Waters (OFW) properties. Law enforcement contacted 113 hunters, who harvested 31 pheasants.
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Hunters in the northern Panhandle reported seeing good numbers of pheasants but hunter success was highly variable. In the southern Panhandle, the corn harvest was nearly 50 percent, but hunter activity and success were both relatively low. Most hunters were in wheat stubble fields enrolled in Open Fields and Waters and reported seeing fewer birds than in previous years.
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John Laux, Game and Parks’ upland habitat and access program manager, says the best is yet to come,  as harvest progresses, and weather cools.
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Pheasant, quail and prairie grouse seasons continue through Jan. 31. Permits can be purchased at OutdoorNebraska.org.
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