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Weather Affects Pheasant Population

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Hunters from around the country make their way to North and South Dakota every year for pheasant opener. But this year, the numbers were smaller than usual.

Officials from the Game and Fish Department say one of the reasons there were some low numbers of birds was because of the unusually harsh weather we've seen this fall. Survey numbers from the beginning of the summer also showed that the population would probably be smaller than usual.  

"Overall, our survey numbers didn't indicate that pheasant numbers were going to be overly-good this year. So, I think people going in to it were really wondering what was going to be out on the landscape," says Jeb Williams, Wildlife Division.

Pheasant season lasts until January 12.

 

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