After surveying Nebraska hunters, the state’s Game and Parks Commission is happy to announce that there is a 2 percent increase in ringneck pheasants and an 175 percent increase in bobwhite quail numbers.
The news wasn’t great in some areas of the state, but overall Nebraska is doing well. The bobwhite numbers are recovering from a very harsh winter back in 2009, according to the Outdoor Hub. Jeff Lusk, Program Manager for Upland Game with Nebraska Game and Parks, cautions that percent differences comparatively can be misleading when relative abundance is low – regionally and statewide – as that leads to large percentage changes.
But, even if percentages can be misleading. Having them move in the positive is a very good thing. –Brian McClintock
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