When the Minnesota pheasant season opens on October 12th, hunters are likely to find some areas with plenty of birds and other areas where the birds will be tougher to find. The DNR’s Tim Lyons says the annual roadside pheasant survey shows:

“Overall about a 17-percent decline. And looking at some of the finer details of the breakdown of our accounts. It seems it probably came mostly from delayed or reduced breeding success.”

Lyons says birds are still abundant in some areas. But after a prolonged winter and wet spring, hunters may need to be choosier about where they go.