The number of pheasant hunters and total birds taken were lower in 2013 than in 2012, according to statistics released by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
Last year, more than 76,000 hunters (down 11 percent) harvested 447,000 roosters (down 27 percent). In 2012, nearly 86,000 hunters took 616,000 roosters.
Birds bagged per hunter decreased from 7.2 to 5.8, and each hunter spent an average of 4.8 days afield.
Counties with the highest percentage of pheasants taken by resident hunters in 2013 were Hettinger, 9.6; Burleigh, 7.9; McLean, 7.9; Morton, 6.8; and Stark, 5.5.
Top counties for nonresident hunters were Hettinger, 24.8 percent; Bowman, 12.2; Divide, 5.7; Emmons, 4.8; and Adams, 4.
Annual pheasant season statistics are determined by a mail survey of resident and nonresident hunters.