DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesota. Down. South Dakota. Down. North Dakota. Down. Iowa. Down. The numbers don't lie. By the numbers, hunters are looking at a challenging pheasant season this fall, no matter where they hunt. Preseason counts were down in Minnesota and virtually every nearby state. Minnesota's pheasant season opens Saturday, Oct. 14, and despite the gloomy forecast, thousands of pheasant hunters are expected to be tromping through grasslands hoping a mature ringneck vaults into the sky in front of them.
DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesota grouse hunters received great news this past week — ruffed grouse drumming counts were up 57 percent statewide compared to last year. Drumming counts this spring are on par with those of recent peaks in the bird's 10-year population cycle, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildlife officials said. Results of the survey were announced Monday, July 10. "It's really stunning," said Ted Dick, DNR upland game bird coordinator.