Nebraska Game & Parks Commission 2011Wildlife Division 1
Nebraska’s Focus on Pheasants2011-2021
1. Executive Summary
The Focus on Pheasants initiative began in 2002 as a partnership among Nebraska Game & ParksCommission (NGPC), Pheasants Forever, and the Nebraska office of the United States Department of Agriculture. The Focus on Pheasants initiative was in response to continued statewide declines inpheasant abundance and sought to deliver tangible benefits to the greatest number of pheasant huntersand maximize educational opportunities for landowners and stakeholders regarding pheasant habitatneeds. Between 2002 and 2007, Focus on Pheasants activities, not including those conducted by localPheasants Forever chapters, have impacted over 45,000 acres at a cost of $1.3 million and requiring16,875 person-hours (
).This revision of the Focus on Pheasants plan seeks to further build on this foundation by:1)
Creating new focus areas and customized incentive programs to promote habitatimprovements,2)
Coordinating with biologists hired under Pheasant Forever’s
program (seebelow) to maximize effectiveness of habitat program delivery within focus areas,3)
Increasing youth pheasant hunting opportunities, and measuring the efficacy of using pen-raisedbirds in accomplishing this goal4)
Continuing research on the amount of habitat necessary to establish and maintain a huntablenumber of pheasants, and5)
Securing additional pheasant habitat through USDA conservation programsSimilar to the 2002 plan, the goal of the revised plan is to improve satisfaction for the greatest numberof wild pheasant hunters over the next 10 years, while maximizing the educational opportunities forlandowners and other stakeholders regarding the habitat needs of pheasants. The plan will also ensurethat the improvements to hunter satisfaction are delivered in the most efficient and effective wayspossible. Special attention will be directed towards ensuring that high abundance populations remainstrong and the magnitude of natural population fluctuations is minimized.Pheasants Forever’s
initiative will be integral to implementation of the plan, which willput more Farm Bill Wildlife Biologists on the ground to provide “one-stop-shopping” for landownersinterested in conservation programs.
will attempt to establish and improve 1.1 millionacres in Nebraska, establish a landowner stewardship fund to improve existing habitat, deliver aconservation plan to every Nebraska landowner in the pheasant range, and expand opportunities fortraining and education.Evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of the habitat management activities and incentiveprograms will also be strongly emphasized. Among the first steps will be the determination of manageable components of hunter satisfaction, and measuring the costs and benefits of improvinghunter satisfaction.