Hunted three days, and put up a few birds. Ended with 5 for a lot of hard work (all fun though). And pointer dog friends had about the same. Very tough hunting, very few birds.
Pheasant hunting used to be decent--last five years, the hatch has been horrible. Lot's of theory's. But, it doesn't appear to be the usual culprit--habitat.
If My intel is correct, Gray lodge shot 19 roosters and 90 turkeys on the opener. It used to be a premier refuge for pheasants. In most years Grey Lodge would check in hundreds. What is going on here in Cali?
Theory's: West Nile spraying has killed all of the bugs. Turkey's eat the clutch eggs. Pesticides are taking their toll.
The low numbers are across the board private and public. Any thoughts?