Mild winters followed by favorable spring conditions led to favorable pheasant nesting conditions in many regions of the country, including Washington.
That is the assessment from Pheasants Forever.
Hunters will have a better idea of what to expect in the field this fall once data from brood surveys in July and this month is reviewed.
“But in areas with available habitat, overall conditions appear more promising than last season in many states,” the conservation group’s report said.
Pheasant hunters in Washington have reason to optimistic about nesting success, thanks to adequate April moisture leaving cover looking lush, Joey McCanna, upland game bird specialist for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, said in the report.
That is a good sign because Washington hunters killed 36,752 pheasants last season, down 27 percent from the 2012 season and down 41 percent from the 2008-12 average.
Here what the said about other states in the West:
In the heart of the nation’s pheasant hunting states, the news is mixed.