DNR’s 2018 roadside survey shows 36% pheasant population decrease in south-central Minnesota

By |2018-09-05T14:48:54-05:00September 5th, 2018|

The Minnesota DNR says its 2018 roadside survey for pheasants showed a 19-percent increase in the overall pheasant index from 2017, except for the south-central region which saw a decrease by 36-percent from last year. The driving factor for the pheasant population continues to be weather and habitat. Late-season snowstorms and heavy rain in the spring is said to be the reason for a lower pheasant population in south-central Minnesota.  While the index is similar to the 10-year average, it is still 52-percent below the long-term average. This year’s statewide pheasant index was 45.5 birds per 100 miles of roads driven. [...]