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How are pheasant broods looking?

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I heard a DNR biologist on KFAN say the weather has been very good this spring/ early summer. Anyone in the west and southwest Mn have anything about broods to report? 

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All the heavy rain that SW MN received the other day cannot be good to the young birds. Hopefully they took shelter in some high ground, but 10 inches + of rain has a way of finding you regardless of where you are sitting.

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I live around the Willmar area and before all this rain, I would say that the population was looking very good.  But not sure after the rains, we'll have to see.  I did talk to a guy that just this week saw a brood on very little chicks that could just fly, maybe a second hatch or something? 

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Looking real good around the Worthington area. Seeing quite of few broods from 2-3 per brood up to eleven in one brood. Different sized chicks also. Even had a hen turkey with four poults run across the gravel road in front of me this morning. That's about as rare as it gets around here.

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If they are having a second brood, that means the first wasn't successful. I was hoping they would have good conditions early spring, which they seemed decent, but now I am getting worried if the second broods will be wiped out by the rain. It seems we are dry for a couple weeks then we get inches of rain all at once.

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MN Pheasant survey numbers in and nearly 30% higher than last year. Kind of surprises me with all the dang rain we have had, but I like it. Last year I saw a decent number of birds so hopefully it will be better.

The only area where numbers declined was the SE corner.

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