The man who oversees Michigan’s ring-necked pheasant programs said he’s had to set aside expectations for the bird that were born of the harsh winter.
“I think pheasant numbers are good,” said Al Stewart, the DNR’s upland gamebird specialist. “I think they came through the winter better than most people anticipated.”
“When I was turkey hunting (last spring) I heard pheasants crowing. And other people have said to me, “I heard pheasants, and I haven’t heard pheasants in a long time.”
“I’m trying to curb my bias. Because of the hard winter, I didn’t expect to see many birds, but people are telling me about seeing pheasants and seeing birds, and these are people who haven’t seen them in a long time.”