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North Dakota pheasant hunting season opens

In this Nov. 14, 2009 photo, hunters wait at the edge of a field hoping for a shot at birds flushed by an approaching line of hunters on the opening day of pheasant season in Rush County, Kan. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Michael Pearce)

BISMARCK -- North Dakota's regular pheasant hunting season opened today.

State Game and Fish Department roadside surveys and brood surveys indicate that it might not be a good year for hunters, with the pheasant population down by about one-third. State officials have said hunters could bag fewer than half a million roosters for the first time in a decade.

The season runs through Jan. 8.

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