DNR: Pheasant hunting season conditions looking favorable in December

DNR: Pheasant hunting season conditions looking favorable in December Photo: MGN

Updated: December 02, 2019 05:33 PM

Late season conditions are shaping up favorably for pheasant hunters this December in Minnesota.

According to the DNR, wet weather, late pheasant hatch and delay in row crops may have led to a slower than expected start to the hunting season. However, as harvest has progressed, ring-necks that previously escaped hunting pressure by moving to standing crops are now concentrated in grasslands.

“As the season has progressed, we’re getting more reports of hunters seeing and harvesting birds,” said Tim Lyons, upland game research scientist with the DNR. “In some areas, the season, which ends in just under a month, may just be starting to heat up.”

As the weather is becoming colder and the wetlands are freezing up, late-season hunters who are willing to get into tougher-to-reach areas will have opportunities to harvest birds.

“Pheasant hunting is a great way to stretch your legs and get into the fresh air and sunshine, particularly at a time of year when the days are shorter and many of us spend more time indoors,” Lyons said. “It can be an opportunity to introduce someone new to pheasant hunting.”

Snowstorms, heavy rains, take toll on Minnesota pheasants

Earlier this year, the DNR reported a decline in pheasant numbers from roadside counts. Though some areas of the state are undoubtedly experiencing lower numbers of birds, many hunters are finding success despite the apparent decline in pheasant numbers.

According to the DNR, hunters need a small game license and a pheasant stamp to hunt pheasants in Minnesota. Also on Dec. 1, the daily bag limit increased to three roosters, with a possession limit of nine roosters.

For additional details on pheasant hunting are available on the DNR’s pheasant hunting page.

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