- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Pheasant hunters are taking to the field in North Dakota.

The season got under way Saturday and runs through Jan. 3. And indications are that hunters should have a lot of success.

A late-summer survey by Game and Fish estimated a 30 percent increase in birds over last year, when 78,000 hunters killed about 587,000 pheasants.

Pheasant hunting is big business in North Dakota. State Tourism Division data show that each hunter spends about $100 each day that they’re in the field. Last year, hunters spent an average of 4.3 days afield.

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