In the Wild with Greg Wagner


Mowing of any type of cover (for haying, weed or brush control) should be delayed until after the upland game bird nesting season has concluded (mid-July), according to Pheasants Forever. In newly established areas, mowing the first year is a good idea if weed competition is severe. After cover is established, mowing segments of a field on a 3-4 year rotation will keep the vegetation rejuvenated. Leave 10-12 inches of cover after the last cutting, particularly with warm-season grasses. This is a sufficient height to provide some residual cover for nesting and to protect plant vigor.  

  • Whenever possible, use spot mowing rather than blanket cutting for weed control.
  • Remember, there is absolutely no reason to mow (disturb) nest cover during the nesting season.

Get more helpful tips on improving your wildlife habitat by clicking the Nebraska Pheasants and Quail Forever website here:    

See you out there, saving fuel and maintainance costs leaving the mowers silent for upland game birds!  

A hen pheasant tends to her nest of eggs in grassland habitat.


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