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While many hunters have already taken to the field, there are those that are looking forward to taking advantage of the late season hunting time. According to the Department of Natural Resources, this isn’t going to be a bad part of the season. In fact, those hunting late on in Minnesota should find rich pickings.

“People may not realize that pheasant hunting success is probably as good as it has been in many parts of the pheasant range for the last three to five years,” stated Cory Netland, a DNR area wildlife supervisor.

According to DNR, there are plenty of roosters in the field and there has been light hunting pressure on the birds so far this season.

On Tuesday, December 1, the daily bag limit will increase to three roosters and possession limit will increase to nine. This makes this time very rewarding for hunters.

At the same time, weather conditions might be more favorable than they were in the first few weeks which were warmer and drier than expected. The recent rains in the state should also help hunting dogs to pick up the scent of birds.

“Conditions are shaping up nicely for the last half of the season, and there are still plenty of birds out there,” Nicole Davros, DNR upland game project leader, recently stated. She also added that pheasants appear to still be using grassland cover and none have moved to their winter cover yet. Pheasants usually move to winter cover when grasses are pushed down by snow or heavy rains. Winter cover includes cattail sloughs or willow thickets.

Those that have taken to the field have had greater experiences. Some hunters have reported filling their bag limit within the first hour.

To add to the positive hunter experience, light snow is a help to hunters. “A light snow can actually help with pheasant hunting because it makes it easier to find roosters in winter cover,” Netland said. “And hunting access improves once cattail wetlands freeze up.”

Are you planning any late season hunting trips? What are your late season hunting tips?

Let us know in the comments below.

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