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gimruis

Not sure if anyone else saw this but the statewide pheasant report was released by the DNR yesterday and its up 42% statewide.  Its the highest numbers in over a decade.  A mostly mild winter and a dry spring likely accounted for lower mortality and a good hatch.  There will be no shortage of birds...or hunters.

 

https://files.dnr.state.mn.us/recreation/hunting/pheasant/prospect_map.pdf

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monstermoose78

That explains the numbers I am seeing on my way to work.

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10 hours ago, monstermoose78 said:

That explains the numbers I am seeing on my way to work.

 

Pheasant populations can proliferate quickly (or plummet quickly) given specific weather conditions but long term numbers are dependent on available habitat, which has been dwindling for years.  Farmers have taken marginal land and turned it into crop production in many states, including Minnesota.  So this "boom" we're seeing this year is not going to be a long term trend unless the winters are mild every year and we get a dry June every year.

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