- Associated Press - Friday, July 1, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A recent survey indicates an increased pheasant population in North Dakota.

The spring pheasant crowing count survey showed a 2 percent rise statewide from last year.

Aaron Robinson is an upland game management supervisor for the state Game and Fish Department. He says crowing counts were up in all regions of the state except for the southeast.

Pheasant crowing counts are conducted each spring throughout North Dakota. Observers drive specified 20-mile routes and stop at certain intervals to listen for crowing roosters.

Officials caution that spring crowing count data is not always a good indicator of the fall pheasant population. Brood surveys that begin later this summer are a better indicator of pheasant production.

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