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Much of the pheasant habitat in the United States has been under stress the last few years.

North Dakota is one of the states that has seen a dramatic decrease in pheasant habitat.

Strong farming and mining industries have forced landowners to allow the land to be used for things other than pheasant habitat.

As with most things in life you can always follow the money to find answers to why something is happening and it’s no different when it comes to wildlife habitat.

There may be hope on the horizon, however.

North Dakota is hoping to increase the number of acres participating in the CRP program.

The program was first implemented in the 1980s and was a big success in terms of wildlife habitat. In general, the program gave landowners incentive to let the land grow naturally with natural grases and other plantlife.

This provided ample habitat for pheasants and other wildlife and the birds have flourished for years.

But in recent years the trend has reversed. Since 2007, the number of acres participating in the CRP program in North Dakota has dropped by half.

Farming and mining industries are two major reasons for the shift in participating. There is simply too much money to be made in these industries compared to the pheasant industry.

It’s hard to blame the landowners. Given the choices many of us would take the same route.

Hopefully things will change with this first initiative by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

The department is doing more by helping landowners prepare their land for acceptance in the CRP program. They are providing more guidance with the hope of increasing the number of acres accepted and re-accepted into the program.

While it may not make a huge difference in the short-term it might get the trend headed back in the right direction, which would save precious North Dakota pheasant hunting land for future generations.

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