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A ringneck pheasant walks a rural Becker County road picking up gravel. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

MN pheasants mostly escape northland’s harsh winter conditions

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Despite the harsh winter occurring over much of Minnesota, conditions have been more forgiving across the majority of the state’s pheasant range.

“I think pheasants in the main part of the range are doing fine,” said Ken Varland, Department of Natural Resources regional wildlife manager at New Ulm, Minn. “The cattail sloughs are pretty much filled up with all the wind. We’re going to lose some (pheasants). But it’s winter in Minnesota.”

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