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Kansas quail, pheasant populations at lowest level in years

September 30, 2001

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— Effects of drought and extreme heat in much of Kansas in 2000, coupled with the severe winter that followed, reduced this spring's pheasant and quail breeding populations to their lowest overall levels in many years, according to Wildlife and Parks biologists.

"Although mid-summer rains produced generally good cover conditions in much of Kansas, triple-digit heat dominated Kansas weather patterns again in June and July this year, diminishing game bird production," biologist Randy Rodgers of Hays said.

Pheasant: Hunting opportunities in 2001 will be generally in the southwest and into the southern counties of the northcentral region. Pheasant numbers in the northeast are extremely low and are much lower than last year in most of southcentral Kansas.

Quail: With the exception of localized pockets that will hold average numbers, 2001 quail hunting prospects are generally well below average throughout the state. In the traditionally best southeast region, survey data indicate that bobwhite numbers are very low.

Prairie chicken: Greater and lesser prairie chicken populations were generally un-changed this spring in comparison to 2000. General observations suggest both species may have fared better than pheasant or quail populations this year.

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