Many parts of Minnesota are in prime condition for excellent late-season pheasant hunting, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Late-season pheasant hunting opportunities are abundant across southwest, south central, and west central Minnesota.
Resulting from lack of snow, plenty of birds, and high late season bag limits, these opportunities are not to be missed, especially around the holidays.
Nicole Davros wildlife research scientist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), told reporters:
There are few better ways to take a break from eating cookies at holiday gatherings or buying presents than getting out into the fields to flush some birds. Do it once and it may well become a welcome tradition around the holidays.
The DNR conducted a roadside survey last August and found pheasant populations have risen six percent from last year. Compared to the long-term trend, pheasant communities are lower than normal.
Despite this, Davros still sees hunting opportunities and more; “Even though pheasant numbers are down on a long-term scale, it’s important that people get out and experience pheasants in their habitat, and for most people that means hunting them. Once you see these birds out in the wild, it’s hard not to care about their plight, which represents the plight of all grassland wildlife and the health of their habitat in general.”
Pheasant hunting daily bag limits are set at three roosters, and the possession limit is nine roosters. The pheasant hunting season runs from Oct. 11 to Jan. 4.
More information about pheasant hunting at DNR website.