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Lyle Sunderland, of Mitchell, hunts with his dog Rusty on opening day Saturday west of Mount Vernon. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)

Lower bird numbers found during pheasant opener

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The drop in pheasant numbers indicated by the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks’ annual brood survey seemed to hold true over the opening weekend of pheasant season Saturday and Sunday, and hunters had to work hard to bag their birds.

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Most hunters said they were finding birds, but not as many as last year.

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