Pheasant stamp and small-game license sales tumble

  • Article by: Doug Smith , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 30, 2013 - 12:23 AM


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twinkie1Oct. 30, 1312:39 AM

Hunting is getting way too expensive. From shells and license fees to lodging and fuel and everthing in between. It is just ridiculous. Hunting is dying because of start up expense is too high for beginners. Sad but true.

fishanhunt2Oct. 30, 13 8:09 AM

One has to wonder if the Minnesota DNR's obsession with the over regulation of the resource may have played a part in the declining hunter numbers? Have you looked at our hunting regulation pamphlets and other states? There is a difference.

frankmartinOct. 30, 13 8:33 AM

Pheasant hunting is tumbling because there are no birds. Granted the spring was bad for the hatch year but there is also no habitat. High corn and soybean prices have resulted in farming every possible piece of land available. The birds cannot live through a winter on a plowed field.

reuterstiffOct. 30, 1310:27 AM

Pheasant hunting is tumbling because there are no birds.

frankmartinOct. 30, 1310:55 AM

reuterstiff, and black dirt.

jd55604Oct. 30, 13 7:07 PM

Another 20-30 pages of regs ought to bring the populations back up.

verdepatoOct. 31, 13 6:39 AM

The previous comments are correct Check out other states rules and regs much simpler In Minnesota everytime there is a down turn they simply add more rules and regs As the other article about Minn. hunters running afoul with the law suggests. there are more then enough people out there more the willing to give you a ticket and big fine for simply hunting. I never wear a hat and have no need for one But the warden gave me a ticket for not having a orange hat on while pheasant hunting. I did have a orange vest on Ethanol has not helped the environment but has turned many millions of acres from grass land to corn. Time to quit this boondoggle

gandalf48Oct. 31, 1311:40 AM

I walked most of a day 2 weekends ago and only saw 3 hens...this is literally on the border with South Dakota...the pheasants are just not around anymore. I hope people realize the prices for hunting and fishing went up this year...basic market economics would tell you that when you increase prices demand goes down.

Century2013Oct. 31, 13 3:51 PM

I agree with the author that there are birds to be had. I also agree that we are losing habitat at an alarming pace. Face it, we've been spoiled in recent years - basically from the mid-90's up til now. Plentiful CRP, favorable weather for the most part, and harvests averaging close to 500,000 birds. History tells us this couldn't last forever, but hey, it was great while it lasted. I started pheasant hunting in 1980 before CRP, with bird numbers and habitat generally worse than even today, but still hunted hard and enjoyed every minute. I'm very greatful for the good years since and all the joy me and my nearly 14 year old lab have had chasing roosters. Great memories for sure. That said I have a young lab with 3+ seasons under his belt, and though bird numbers are far from the peak years, we're still flushing birds and having satisfying hunts. Believe it -there are still areas in this state with good cover, surprisingly few hunters, and decent bird numbers. My dog and I are averaging 12-20 flushes per trip and a limit of roosters every time out, so I for one am not complaining. Will "the good old days" ever return? Hopefully. But in the mean time keep having fun hunting, try new areas (west-central and east-central have been consistent for me), and make sure you're a member of pheasants forever.

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