Pheasant Numbers Drop In North Dakota

Pheasant numbers in North Dakota have dropped 10 percent from a year ago.
        The decrease indicated by a summer survey conducted by the state Game and Fish Department follows last year’s 30 percent increase in birds.
        Upland Game Management Supervisor Aaron Robinson says such big swings aren’t unusual. He says spring weather has a lot to do with pheasant numbers.
        Robinson says there’s also a lot less habitat in the state, due to a drop in acres enrolled in the federal Conservation Reserve Program.
        The pheasant population decline in North Dakota is similar to the drop in South Dakota this year, where a survey estimated a 20 percent drop in bird numbers for similar reasons.
        Officials in both states still expect good hunting seasons. North Dakota’s season opens Oct. 8.