Upland Bird Forecast - Upper Snake Region

Upper Snake Region

2022 Conditions – Winter conditions were fairly mild for the Upper Snake Region during the winter of 2021-22. Snowpack was below-average to average across much of the region. Spring conditions were cool with precipitation near long-term averages. Summer conditions from mid-June through August were hot with below-average precipitation.

Pheasant

  • Trend from last year (2021): Stable
  • 10-Year Trend (2013-2022): Stable
  • There are no formal surveys conducted for pheasant in the Upper Snake Region. The Upper Snake Region continues to stock approximately 2,500 pheasants per year on Mud Lake, Market Lake, and Cartier WMAs. Limited opportunity exists for hunting pheasant in the region, outside of WMAs. Pheasant hunting in 2022 should be similar to previous years.

Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse

  • Trend from last year (2021): Stable
  • 10-Year Trend (2013-2022): Stable
  • The Upper Snake Region had above-average productivity in 2021, based on wing data. Spring lek counts in 2022 were average to slightly above-average. Areas with adequate June moisture likely had reasonable productivity in 2022. Hunters should expect sharp-tailed grouse numbers to be similar to the past few seasons in suitable habitats. The best hunting is typically found in land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) with green forbs or native sagebrush-steppe habitats interspersed with grass and forbs. Throughout the hunting season sharp-tailed grouse will also utilize grain fields, mountain shrub communities and aspen patches.

Chukar

  • Trend from last year (2021): Stable
  • 10-Year Trend (2013-2022): Stable
  • Chukar numbers remain low in the Upper Snake and harvest data over the last five years suggest stable numbers. No chukar surveys are conducted in the Upper Snake Region.

Gray Partridge (Hun)

  • Trend from last year (2021): Stable
  • 10-Year Trend (2013-2022): Stable
  • There are no surveys conducted for gray partridge in the Upper Snake, but harvest data over the past five years suggest numbers have been stable.

Forest Grouse (Dusky, Ruffed, Spruce)

  • Trend from last year (2021): Stable
  • 10-Year Trend (2013-2022): Stable
  • No surveys are conducted for forest grouse in the Upper Snake, but harvest data over the past five years suggests relatively stable numbers. With large tracts of suitable habitat, the Upper Snake region should continue to offer good forest grouse hunting in 2022.