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Local outdoor groups offer emergency pheasant feeding

The Viking Sportsmen and Douglas County Pheasants Forever are teaming up with the Country Store to provide shell corn for local pheasants in an attempt to get the birds additional feed at the end of this winter.

Anyone with a population of pheasants near them or who knows of an area that holds pheasants can pick up two 50-pound bags of shell corn at the Country Store in Alexandria at 805 22nd Ave. East. The cost of the corn will be covered by the Viking Sportsmen and Douglas County PF.

The goal is to get the corn as close as possible to where birds are located and feeding in currently. When picking up the corn, let the sales person know that it is for the local outdoor groups' emergency pheasant feeding. There is also a limited amount of shell corn available at Steve's Dock and Trailers at 6507 CR 82 in Nelson.

For more information, contact Mark Anderson at (320) 760-2559.

Winter Severity Index

In Minnesota, the Winter Severity Index—a point tally that scores based on days with 15 inches or more of snow on the ground and days with air temperatures of 0 degrees Fahrenheit or colder—had gotten up over 100 for much of the northeastern portion of the state.

All areas in Grant, Douglas, Pope and Stevens County featured a WSI rating of 50-79 or 80-89 as of the latest update on March 7. A portion of the northeastern region in Otter Tail County had reached a WSI of 100-119.

The WSI is a general measure based on the premise that prolonged cold temperatures and deep snow can reduce over-winter survival of whitetail deer.

End-of-season values of less than 100 indicate a mild winter, while WSI numbers of 180 or higher indicate a severe winter.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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