2020 Minnesota August Roadside Survey
The 2020 range-wide pheasant index (53.5 birds/100 mi) increased 42% from 2019 (37.6 birds/100 mi).
Favorable weather during the nesting season led to increased numbers of broods, which drove the
increase this year. The range-wide indices for gray partridge and mourning doves also increased, while
the white-tailed deer, eastern cottontail rabbit, and sandhill crane indices declined. White-tailed
jackrabbit observations continue to be historically low across our survey area. Although good weather
during the breeding season allowed the indexes of gamebirds to rebound from the previous year, future
increases in abundance is limited by the amount of available habitat on the landscape.