One of Minnesota's most popular game bird is having a tough go.
Pheasant populations in the state have declined dramatically in recent years. The destruction of prairie and wetlands is mostly to blame. But cold winters and wet, cool springs haven't helped.
Participants at Minnesota's first-ever pheasant summit tomorrow will look at ways to boost the bird's population.
Governor Mark Dayton is an avid pheasant hunter and convened the summit. He spoke with MPR News' Tom Crann in advance of the event.
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