pheasants

Wildlife managers say late-season snowstorms and heavy spring rains have taken a toll on Minnesota’s pheasant population. The Department of Natural Resources’ annual roadside survey indicates that Minnesota’s pheasant numbers are down 17% from 2018. DNR upland game research scientist Tim Lyons says there’s still reason for hunters to be optimistic. He says birds are still abundant in some areas, but hunters may need to be choosier about where they go. Weather and habitat are the main drivers of Minnesota’s pheasant population trends. Minnesota’s pheasant season runs from Oct. 12 to Jan. 1.