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Early signs point to a pheasant population recovery

Editor's note: The following is the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' "Question of the Week."

Q: With our relatively mild winter behind us, and up and down spring weather, what is the outlook for this year's pheasant population?

A: Overwinter survival of hens should have been excellent given the lack of snow. So far, spring weather has also been very good. If favorable weather continues, great progress should be made toward recovery from last year's brutal winter and cold, wet spring. We will have a much better idea of pheasant abundance in early September after surveys are completed in August.

--Kurt Haroldson, DNR assistant regional wildlife manager

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