"It's been wet and cold in North Dakota," says Jesse Beckers, Pheasants Forever's Regional Wildlife Biologist in the state. Despite the runoff, rain and spring flooding, Beckers said acres were being enrolled during the recent CRP signup, so the birds will have places to go once things dry out - North Dakota is still at more than 2.6 million CRP acres. Beckers says the nesting may also be a bit behind this year because of the unseasonably cool temps.
_Following the best year for pheasants in Kansas in two decades, the winter carryover of the birds was good. However, the western third of the state is mired in a severe drought that has the state's wheat crop in tough shape, and pheasants depend on that wheat for nesting cover.