Why did the pheasant cross the road? According to an Oregon study, food and cover influence pheasant movements. Areas with good roadside cover opposite grain fields had the highest number of road kills. Mortality peaked after wheat and oat harvest, as waste grains attracted pheasants. Be on the lookout for pheasants and broods during the summer harvest season. Mail carriers will be surveying pheasants, quail, and prairie grouse in July to help detect long-term population trends and forecast fall hunting opportunities. Nebraska’s Rural Mail Carrier Survey is one of the Nation’s oldest, counting pheasants since 1945.