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Due to Cold Weather MN Pheasant Population has Dropped

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A long winter followed by a cold, wet spring has contributed to a significant decrease in Minnesota's pheasant population.

The Department of Natural Resources says its pheasant index is down 29% from last year. Minnesota hunters still are expected to harvest about 246,000 roosters this fall. 

Minnesota's 2013 pheasant index is 64% below the 10-year average and 72% below the long-term average.

That's down from last year and less than half the number taken during the 2005 through 2008 seasons, when pheasant hunting was exceptionally good.

The pheasant population estimate is part of the DNR's annual August roadside wildlife survey, which monitors annual changes and long-term population trends.

 

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