Associated Press, Published October 09 2010
ND pheasant season kicks off; bird population up from last yearBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's pheasant season opened today.
Wildlife officials say the state's pheasant population is up an estimated 34 percent from last year, one of the more dismal years in a decade.
Hunters killed 651,778 roosters last year, down from 778,000 in 2008 and the more than 900,000 birds bagged in 2007. The number of hunters dropped from about 108,000 to 88,400 during that time.
The season runs through Jan. 2.
State officials say the opening of pheasant season likely brings in more visitors to North Dakota than any other event during a one- or two-week period.