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North Dakota Game and Fish Courtesy Photo Pheasant numbers in North Dakota declined after another tough winter and continued loss of Conservation Reserve Program land.

Dwindling population: ND Game and Fish Department says pheasant numbers are down 30 percent

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With decreasing Conservation Reserve Program plots and harsh winters, North Dakota hunters are going to have to get used to another tough pheasant season.

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Though the North Dakota Game and Fish Department expects hunters to collect more than 500,000 birds this season, the total number of pheasants is down from 2012, according to the roadside survey.

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