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Pheasant Numbers Down Slightly Ahead of Weekend Opener

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Hunters are looking forward to this weekend's pheasant season opener, but they may have a harder time finding the birds this year.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says numbers are down about 30 percent across the state compared to last year. Biologist Doug Leier says we had record numbers of pheasant five or six years ago, and people tend to get used to seeing that.

Of course, it depends on where you hunt, but he says but don't worry too much, it will still be a good season.

"The numbers are down but if you look at it say maybe in a nutshell of where you like to pheasant hunt, maybe in past years you're used to flushing 30 or 40 roosters over a couple different quarters of land.. this year it may be a little tougher, maybe be happy if you can find 15 or 20," explains Leier.

The pheasant season opens Saturday, October 11.  There are no notable changes in regulations: The daily limit is still three, and the possession limit is twelve.

Be sure to double check your hunting zone before you take off, some federally owned land is closed due to the government shutdown.

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