- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A summer survey indicates the number of pheasants in North Dakota has risen 30 percent from last year, due to good spring weather.

The roadside survey conducted in late July and August included 253 runs along 106 brood routes across North Dakota, the state Game and Fish Department said Wednesday. Pheasant brood observations were up 37 percent, while the average brood size was down only 4 percent.

“With the good spring weather for most of the nesting and early brooding period, I suspected a better production year and it looks like it did occur,” said Upland Game Management Supervisor Stan Kohn.

Pheasant hunters are going to find more birds in most parts of the state, Kohn said.

The survey indicates the pheasant population is up 2 percent in the southeast, up 21 percent in the northwest and up 22 percent in the southwest. The northeast part of the state is not considered prime pheasant territory.

North Dakota’s 2014 regular pheasant season opens Oct. 11 and continues through next Jan. 4. The two-day youth pheasant hunting weekend, when licensed residents and nonresidents age 15 and younger can hunt statewide, is Oct. 4-5.

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