In 2016, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission unveiled a plan aimed at growing Nebraska’s pheasant population and increasing land open to hunting in areas with abundant pheasants. The overall goal was to produce the best pheasant hunting experience for the most hunters. Other goals of this project included:
- Increasing pheasant abundance
- Increasing hunter access to land holding pheasants
- Increasing the pool of potential pheasant hunters
- Managing hunter expectations
- Improving the funding and policy related to the goal of improving pheasant hunting
The ongoing plan, named for the late Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioner Lynn Berggren, will consider all manageable aspects of the pheasant hunting experience, with habitat and hunter access – particularly for youth – as project cornerstones. Game and Parks staff and partner organizations will concentrate work where it will be most effective, while fostering strong partnerships with other public entities, private conservation organizations and local communities.
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.