ND pheasant crowing counts down

Bismarck, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota pheasant numbers are down,
and state wildlife officials say the harsh winter is to blame.

The spring pheasant crowing count survey showed a 25 percent
drop statewide from last year.

Stan Kohn, upland game management supervisor for the state Game
and Fish Department, says crowing counts are down in all four
regions of the state.

But Kohn says pheasant numbers still are relatively healthy _
last year’s pheasant population was one of the highest on record in
North Dakota. He says this year’s crow count is higher than the
counts in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Pheasant brood surveys are planned in July and August. They will
provide a better look at what North Dakota’s fall pheasant
population will be.

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