Advertisement

Minnesota Pheasant Season Opens Saturday with Numbers Down

Minnesota Pheasant Season Opens Saturday with Numbers Down Photo: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Associated Press
October 12, 2017 02:18 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota opens its pheasant season Saturday with far fewer birds in the field than last year as a long-term decline in the state's ringneck population continues due to the loss of habitat in farm country.

Advertisement – Content Continues Below

The Department of Natural Resources estimates Minnesota's pheasant population is down 26 percent from last year. The DNR says the key reason is a big drop in acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program, which takes environmentally sensitive farmland out of production and turns it back to grassland.

Pheasants Forever says areas around Brown County, and portions of Lincoln and Yellow Medicine counties, have the most pheasants, but hunters can find birds elsewhere if they work at it.

Marshall is hosting the official Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener. Festivities open Friday.

The season ends Jan. 1.


Credits

Associated Press

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Relay Media Amp

UPDATE: Dayton Names Tina Smith as Franken Replacement

Partnership Provides Narcan to UWS

Democrat Doug Jones Wins Elections to US Senate from Alabama

Duluth Looking for Solutions to Public Golf Troubles

Barnum Elementary School Principal on Paid Administrative Leave

36-Pound Marijuana Bust on the Range

Advertisement