The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reporting that the 2013 roadside survey indicates a 29 percent decline in birds in the pheasant range. Sighting reduced enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, Reinvest in Minnesota and Wetlands Reserve Programs coupled with a cool and wet spring as primary reasons for the decline. In addition, South Dakota has reported a 64 percent decrease in its brood survey. North Dakota’s most-recent rooster crowing count is down 11 percent from last year. And Iowa reported a 19 percent decrease in its August roadside count.
You can read the DNR’s News Release by following this link.