MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The pheasant hunting season ended in Minnesota Saturday, but earlier this week I headed west with flip cam in hand to get in on the tradition.
Driving into western Minnesota, it was hard not to notice the snow’s absence.
I joined four area hunters as I tried to get one last shot at the coveted rooster. Along with four black Labrador retrievers, we walked and watched during a perfect day, in what had been a strange month.
This season, pheasant numbers were down, and towards the end, the birds weren’t as easy to bag. However, that didn’t stop the hunters in my party from finding those pheasants in the mouths of their retrievers.
“I tell yah, [the pheasants] have been harder to come by,” one hunter said. “But all in all, it’s been a decent year. The small amount of snowfall and nice weather conditions have made for a good season.”
There’s nothing quite like a rooster pheasant, and we took some home at the end of this season.