- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska wildlife officials say upland game hunters across Nebraska will find more pheasants to hunt when the season opens Saturday.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says pheasant population numbers are 55 percent higher than last year.

Experts say the state’s weather in recent years has helped the birds’ numbers. The state has experienced relatively mild winters recently, and rainfall this past spring appears to not have occurred during the sensitive phases of the nesting and brood-rearing. But abundant rain during other times in the spring led to more vegetation and insects that fed the chicks.

Pheasant season runs through Jan. 31. Only rooster pheasants may be harvested. The daily bag limit is three and the possession limit is 12.

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