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Summary of your 1953 Winter Records
As we have mentioned before, an important item from the winter counts is the ratio of cock pheasants to hen pheasants after the season has ended. Your winter records showed 88 cocks per 100 hens for the state as a whole. In extreme southeastern Nebraska (where pheasants are scarce), and for central and western Nebraska, you recorded more cocks than hens. For most of the eastern third of the state (where most of the pheasant hunting is done) you recorded two cocks for every three hens. This reflects the removal of more cocks by hunting in that area.
Excepting for the part of the state from about York, and into northeast Nebraska, the ground was mostly bare at the time of the 1953 winter counts. Counts are usually low when we have bare ground in winter. Your records showed fewer pheasants, quail, and prairie chickens than a year ago, slightly fewer sharp-tailed grouse, but more deer. Deer were seen in all quarters of the state, especially in the northeast.
Carriers saw quail in 31 counties, prairie chickens in 22 counties, sharp-tailed grouse in 24 counties. Prairie chickens and grouse out-numbered pheasants in carriers' reports from Antelope, Boyd, Holt, Brown, Cherry, Thomas, Hooker, Grant, McPherson and Lincoln counties. Quail outnumbered pheasants in Sarpy, Otoe, Nemaha, Johnson and Richardson counties.