Southwest Nebraska landowners offered pheasant habitat incentives
Landowners in parts of southwest Nebraska undecided about what to plant this spring may want to consider milo.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has incentives for planting milo designed to enhance pheasant hunting in the area.
The milo incentive is offered in portions of northwest Hitchcock, southeast Hayes and northwest Red Willow counties—known as the Southwest Focus on Pheasants area.
Following harvest, landowners may receive payments of $15 per acre for milo stubble that is at least 15 inches high and left in place as pheasant habitat until April 1, 2012.
Two other incentives also are available. Landowners who plant wheat may receive $15 per acre for tall wheat stubble and pheasant friendly managed wheat stubble acres. They also may be paid $15 per acre for deferred grazing on rangeland by leaving grass for wildlife habitat for one year.
Landowners who take advantage of these incentives also may receive additional payments for allowing public walk-in hunting access on those acres. Each landowner may enroll up to 320 acres of milo or wheat during the 2011-2012 season.
The goals of the incentives are to increase and improve pheasant habitat, increase grassland bird populations and provide additional public hunting access on private land.
Focus on Pheasants is a joint effort of Game and Parks, Pheasants Forever and resource and conservation partners to increase the pheasant population by creating and enhancing habitat in focus areas.
Landowners interested in enrolling land for any of the incentives should contact T.J. Walker or Justin Haahr at (308) 535-8025, or Andy Houser at (308) 345-4163, ext. 3.