Just a question are Pheasants being stocked on the WMA or have they been furloughed? We went out Saturday and didn't hear any shots with full parking lots that seems odd.
upland game birds
Starting to see a lot of ring-necked doves in southern Idaho, to the point they're becoming a bit of a pest in some places. Are they a game or non-game species and what are the hunting regulations on them?
Forest grouse seasons have been open since late August and all other species opened on October 1.
Most hunters have reported that forest grouse population are 'spotty' and locally abundant.
Both the sage- and sharp-tailed grouse seasons are now closed. Most hunters reported that populations were down from 2010 levels across the range.
Chukar, gray partridge and quail hunters seem to be faring much better. Hunters in the Southwest Region have reported seeing healthy populations of birds. Of the wings that have been turned in thus far, many are juveniles; suggesting that production was good this past spring/summer. Many hunters have reported seeing 'small' birds which would suggest there were some late hatches. Reports from the Southeast Region are that gray partridge numbers are down from 2010 levels when they were quite abundant. I have not heard any reports from the Clearwater, Magic Valley or Salmon regions yet.