The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages the public to provide input on a draft of the updated Berggren Plan. The 2021 plan will guide pheasant management in Nebraska over the next five years.
A virtual public meeting will be at 7 p.m. (CST) Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021; it will provide an overview of the plan, and the public will have an opportunity to provide comment. Registration is required to attend the Zoom meeting.
The public may provide input on the plan through Dec. 15, 2021, via the “Submit Your Comments” form located at the bottom of this page.
A review of the draft plan and summary also are included below from the Oct. 21, 2021, commission information meeting.
Since their introduction to Nebraska around 1900, ring-necked pheasants have become a fixture of the state’s agricultural landscape and cultural heritage. Populations have ebbed and flowed with changes in agricultural land-use and farming practices, which often are driven by technological advancements and federal farm policies. Current policies, along with more efficient farming practices, have created substantial challenges to providing quality pheasant hunting opportunities in many Nebraska landscapes, particularly where winter wheat and other small grains are no longer part of crop rotations. If pheasant hunters are to have satisfying experiences within these landscapes, and to remain satisfied in our current pheasant strongholds, active management will be necessary.
The Commission’s mission is to provide the best pheasant hunting experience possible for the largest number of people over the next five years. The Berggren Plan update seeks to build on past successes, expand partnerships throughout the state and continue to direct pheasant management activities in the most cost-effective way possible.
Our guiding principles are:
- We will consider all manageable aspects of the pheasant hunting experience, with habitat and hunter access remaining our cornerstone activities;
- We will concentrate work where it will be most effective (i.e., where habitat, hunter access and community support come together) based on sound science;
- We will set realistic management targets and expectations, and use our financial and human resources as efficiently as possible to meet them; and
- We will foster strong partnerships with other public entities, private conservation organizations, and local communities in reaching our shared goals.
We created a comprehensive conceptual model to identify all the major factors involved in reaching our objective. The model proposes four primary driving factors or drivers that influence hunting experiences, each working within a policy and funding environment, and further identifies a suite of factors that can impact each driver. Stated as directional goals, those drivers include:
- Increase pheasant abundance
- Increase hunter access to land holding pheasants
- Increase the number of pheasant hunters
- Manage hunter expectations appropriately
Of those drivers, increasing pheasant abundance and hunter access to land represent the cornerstone activities that most directly influence hunting experiences. We recommend a targeted approach focusing these efforts in areas of the state where they will be most effective, based on science and past experience. Substantial public-private partnerships will be required to implement this ambitiously comprehensive initiative, but doing so will create wide-ranging benefits for Nebraska’s hunters, environment, and rural economy.Read the draft plan
SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS
Please fill out the contact form below to submit your questions or comments regarding the Draft Nebraska Berggren Plan.
Part of the Berggren Pheasant Plan involves targeting financial incentives for habitat work that benefits pheasants within specific regions of Nebraska. Interested landowners are encouraged to contact their local Game & Parks Biologist (private lands) or Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Biologist for more information.
If you have additional questions or comments, please email John Laux, upland game program manager, at email@example.com.