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Pheasant harvest highest in 40 years; officials say 2006 looks good

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Last year was a good year for Minnesota pheasant hunters according to state wildlife officials.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials say that favorable weather helped make 2005 one of the best pheasant hunting seasons in 40 years.

The DNR says hunters harvested 585,000 pheasants last fall - the highest harvest since 1964 - well above the 2004 harvest of 420,000 birds. Individually, hunters also harvested more doves and ducks.

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