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Forum Communications File Photo Pheasant population in Minnesota had a 68 percent increase, while in South Dakota the increase was 18 percent. After a mild winter across the Midwest, pheasants are starting to make a comeback.

SD survey brings good news for hunters

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MITCHELL, S.D. -- Good news is apparently in store for pheasant hunters.

Brood count survey results announced this week in South Dakota, the nation's top pheasant hunting state, indicate the statewide population of the birds is up from last year.

Results of the survey show that pheasant numbers grew in many areas of the state, due in large part to a mild winter and ideal weather during the nesting and brood-rearing season.

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