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Associated Press, Published July 24 2012

Pheasant harvest in North Dakota up last year

BISMARCK – The state Game and Fish Department says hunters harvested almost 24 percent more pheasants in North Dakota last year than in 2010.

Biologist Aaron Robinson says last fall’s pheasant harvest was 683,000, up from 552,000 in 2010.

Robinson says despite the harvest success, the number of hunters declined 10 percent to 82,700.

The number of resident hunters was down 5 percent to 58,200, while nonresident pheasant hunter numbers decreased 20 percent to 24,500.

Annual pheasant season statistics are determined by a mail survey.