Pheasants Forever Nebraska

Sandhills: Nesting Cover

$90.00 per acre

Nesting cover consists of open habitats with dense, herbaceous vegetation (grasses, legumes, and forbs) providing residual cover (last year’s growth) and ground litter. This nesting cover mix, designed for the Nebraska Sandhills region, features warm and cool-season grasses, in addition to 27 forb and legume species. Hens select nest sites with vegetative and structural diversity (i.e., greater forb cover and vertical density). Nesting cover must be at least 8 to 12 inches tall to provide concealment from predators and remain undisturbed during the nesting season.

*Please note that the species composition and price are subject to change depending on availability. Species substitutions may be needed at time of order. Seed mix updated 4/4/2019.


GRASSES 46% (10.507PLS/ft2)
Blue Grama, Bad River Prairie Junegrass
Canada Wildrye Sand Bluestem, Champ
Indiangrass, NEB 54 Sand Lovegrass
Little Bluestem, Camper Western Wheatgrass, Barton
WILDFLOWERS 54% (12.277 PLS/ft2)
Alfalfa, Grazer Leadplant
Arkansas Rose Maximilian Sunflower
Baldwin’s Ironweed Purple Prairie Clover
Canada Goldenrod Red Clover
Canada Milkvetch Sensitive Briar
Common Evening Primrose Shell-leaf Penstemon
Common Milkweed Showy Partridgepea
Cudweed Sagewort Silky Prairie Clover
False Sunflower Stiff Goldenrod
Four-Point Evening Primrose Stiff Sunflower
Fringed Sagewort Upright Coneflower
Heath Aster Western Yarrow
Hoary Vervain White Prairie Clover
Illinois Bundleflower
TOTAL: 22.785 PLS/ft2

Wildlife Cover Requirements

Cover is critical because pheasants and quail depend on a variety of cover types (nesting, brood-rearing, winter) for population growth and survival. Ideally, a mix of warm-season bunchgrasses (e.g., big bluestem, little bluestem), forbs (broadleaf plants), and legumes (clover, alfalfa) provide nest­ing and brood-rearing cover. Landowners seeking to maintain or increase pheasant and quail populations should ensure that all of the essential habitat needs (food, cover, water, space) are available and easily-accessible in close proximity. Throughout the pheasant range, nesting cover is the single most important limiting factor for populations. Thankfully, it remains one of the few factors we can directly impact through habitat management and improvements. To learn more, visit the Habitat Essentials page.

The Habitat Organization

Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education, and land management policies and programs.