Again hunted close to 20 yrs in the same spots with little to no cover took 5 to 6 people hunting with me every time limited out. Don't really believe the cover story; yes they need cover, food, and water. The reason I don't believe the cover story is I walk big pieces of public land in Central Iowa I don't see many birds and I hunt with two good dogs, I go home where there may be five to ten feet of brome grass along a water way and I limit out. Therefore I'm not buying this cover story. Not to mention the farming practices today and the chemicals used are a million fold more environmentally safe compared to 10-15 years ago. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, this is mine. Maybe the large public areas in Central IA are just structured wrong wouldn't be the first time the DNR didn't know what they were doing but did it anyway.
I expect some chemicals and application procedures are a bit safer today....perhaps not a million fold, but one hopes that folks learn.
Problems still exist however....just the nature of the beast.
Hunting linear cover is decidely simple and effective especially when blockers are in the mix and crops are out. When compared to big block CRP, I'm sure many take a while to figure out how to hunt it. It even takes dogs a spell to understand it, truth be told....some then may revert to their waterways and road ditches unconvinced.
To the point of 7 folks limiting out every time in narrow brome tho?...no, that is a bit past silly but I reckon there is much more untold to that pheasant tale.
But I ignore such tales, even at the barbershop.
Farming practices today from actual planting/management decisions to bulldozers belching smoke in Iowa have played a hand in the loss of Iowa's pheasants.
The weather just put a cap on it.
I miss it...Iowa holds a lot of memories for my dogs and I.