I have been hunting NE Montana the past 10 days for Sharptails and Huns. A good population of both species exists and hunting was good. As far as pheasants, I only saw a few and was quite discouraged by the numbers of ringnecks. I live in MT and have to admit I believe our pheasant season will be poor due to a prolonged drought this summer.I just got an email reply from Kenneth Plourde Upland Bird biologist for Montana region 6. He said the Wolf Point area of Montana where t I usually hunt is going to be as dry as 2017. That was the year I first learn how the impact of drought can crash the bird numbers, not to mention the cover. I was shocked when I arrive that year at how the cover was not there and even more shocked when I hunted at the lack of birds.
It looks like I may have to change states. Does anybody have any suggestions? I hear Iowa is coming back to bird number of the past. Has anybody hunted Iowa recently?
I think it will be decent.Just ended my trip to Montana, overall it was pretty good. Personally I saw fairly good pheasant numbers. Nowhere near the grouse I saw last year, but still quite a few. Saw my first covey of Huns. ( they flushed out into an overgrazed pasture and flushed wild again then with rain messing up my glasses I lost them lol.) It was about like I had heard. Some areas looked better than others. some areas looked horrible compared to last year. Almost unrecognize able. Some not to bad. I saw several dead deer carcasses, a local farmer said a lot had died. It rained and snowed while I was there. But they need some big rains to fill ponds and creeks.