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Upland birds getting weather break for nesting

Once a common sight along the region’s rural roadways, ring-necked pheasants are becoming more scarce largely because of habitat decline.
Once a common sight along the region’s rural roadways, ring-necked pheasants are becoming more scarce largely because of habitat decline.

HUNTING — I don't want to jinx the odds, but a lot of upland bird hunters are noticing this is the driest weather we've had in several years for the peak period of the wild quail, chukar and pheasant hatching season. 

Upland bird chicks are particularly vulnerable to hypothermia if cool, wet weather persists in early June.  

Last year's season was boosted by a good second hatch of birds.

This could be the year the first hatch blossoms.  

Shhh.




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