Pheasant season opens Saturday

BISMARCK, N.D. - Pheasant season opens Saturday in North Dakota, a week earlier than previous years.

According to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, each year there's about 75,000 hunters out throughout the season. This year due to a harsh winter and drought during the summer, the population is down about 61 percent, meaning it could be more difficult to find the birds.

"It'll be a little tougher walking, trying to find the birds,” said upland game biologist RJ Gross with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. “That being said, there's still going to be pockets of them out there depending on where you're at, localized areas of good populations, wherever the good habitat is, you'll still find some birds.”

This year's runs through January 7.