As in South Dakota and Iowa, Nebraska's pheasant numbers have drastically improved: Statewide numbers were up 65 percent. The highest densities can be found in the southwestern counties of Dundy, Kearney, Perkins and Red Willow and the northeastern counties of Cedar, Dixon, Nance, Stanton and Wayne. Stanton's 1,523-acre Wood Duck Wildlife Management Area is worth a look this winter. Hunters may find a late-season bird or two hiding in the cattail sloughs. Contact: Nebraska Game and Parks, Norfolk office, 402-370-3374.