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Bird count not meeting expectations

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As the calendar pushes towards the middle of November, the amount of pheasants seen in the area is less than expected.

Wildlife experts expected the bird count in some areas to see as much as an eighteen percent increase from last season.

"I think our bird numbers are a little thinner than we anticipated," Dennis Foster of Dakota Pheasant Guide said. "…We are finding the hunting to be more difficult than we had hoped for."

Foster attributes the lower than expected bird count to the warm weather the area has seen this fall, but soon expects a change.

"I think it is going to get better once we start getting cold weather," Foster told KSFY News. "The birds will get pushed together…we will experience better success."

The official bird count numbers for this season will not be released until well after the season is over, but hunters and guides agree, the count will reach expectations shortly.

Many of the hunters KSFY News talked to did not mind the lower than expecting count.  The hunters were happy to be enjoying nature and thought the count will rise greatly when the cold sets in. 

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