Nebraska game officials say pheasant hunting in the state this year should be on a par with last year or slightly better.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's upland game hunting outlook says habitat conditions have improved across most of the state. But spring storms seem to have harmed the pheasant hatch. Pheasant populations are beginning to recover from the drought of 2012-2013.

The commission says bobwhite quail numbers are up across the state, and the number of grouse is higher in the sandhills and central part of the state than in any other region.