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Minnesota's pheasant index falls 64 percent

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A severe winter followed by a wet spring contributed to a significant decline in Minnesota's pheasant counts. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the pheasant population index declined 64 percent from 2010 and is 71 percent below the 10-year average.

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Contributing factors include:

• A second consecutive severe winter, resulting in hen counts 72 percent below the 10-year average.

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