DNR: This year's pheasant hunting season looking pretty grim

The DNR says the pheasant population hasn't been this low in more than two decades. Pheasant hunters are expected to harvest about 250,000 roosters this fall -- compared to 500,000 just last year. The season opens up this weekend.
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The DNR says the pheasant population hasn't been this low in more than two decades. Pheasant hunters are expected to harvest about 250,000 roosters this fall -- compared to 500,000 just last year. The season opens up this weekend.

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