Landowners may enroll in Wheat Stubble Management Program
LINCOLN, Neb. – Landowners in parts of southwest Nebraska may enroll acres in a new incentive program to enhance pheasant hunting in the area, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
The Wheat Stubble Management Program is offered in portions of northwest Hitchcock, southeast Hayes and northwest Red Willow counties. This area is known as the Southwest Focus on Pheasants area.
Landowners receive payments for tall wheat stubble and pheasant friendly managed wheat stubble acres enrolled, and they receive an additional payment if those acres allow public walk-in hunting access. Each landowner may enroll up to 320 acres for two years.
The goals of the program are to increase and improve pheasant habitat, increase bird populations and provide additional public hunting access on private land.
Focus on Pheasants is a joint effort by Game and Parks, Pheasants Forever and resource and conservation partners to increase the pheasant population by creating and enhancing critical habitat areas through practices such as interseeding, light disking, prescribed burning, and the planting of native grasses and forbs.
Landowners interested in enrolling land in the Wheat Stubble Management Program should contact T.J. Walker or Justin Haahr at (308) 535-8025.