Ring-necked pheasant in winter habitat. Photo courtesy USDA NRCS
Pheasant habitat restoration and management attracts and supports healthy pheasant populations by ensuring adequate food, water and cover. The ring-necked pheasant is one of Minnesota's most popular game birds. It looks somewhat chicken-like, with colorful markings and a long tail.
Essential features of pheasant habitat include protective cover during nesting, brood-rearing and winter and food availability in winter. Nesting cover, however, is perhaps the single most important feature to ensure survival. Nest success is significantly improved in blocks of undisturbed grassland habitat at least 40 acres in size.
In addition to blocks of grassland, prime pheasant habitat may include some wetlands and wooded areas. Habitat that is good for pheasants also benefits other grassland-dependent birds, such as prairie chickens.
Guidance from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service & Farm Service Agency
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
See also Rare & Declining Habitat and General Habitat resources.
See contacts for specific programs that fund this practice in the side-by-side payment comparison or contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District