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Pheasant Population Coming Back

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Minnesota's pheasant population is on the rebound after a low harvest in 2011, according to figures just released by the Department of Natural Resources. Wildlife biologist Kurt Haroldson says the pheasant population is up 68%. Haroldson says that's a move in the right direction but notes the 2011 population was very low due to two harsh Winters and cool, wet Spring. He says even though last winter was very mild, it will take more than one year for the pheasant population to get back to where it was. The DNR predicts pheasant hunters will take about 290,000 roosters this Fall, versus a ten year average of about 460,000 birds.