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Prairie grasses grow tall at the Dalton Johnson Wildlife Management Area, which is three miles east of Lake Lillian, Wednesday. The WMA, which was established in 2005 and named for the founder of the Kandiyohi chapter of Pheasants Forever, was created to increase habitat for pheasants and other wildlife. Tribune photos by T.J. Bartelt

Bring on the pheasants

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WILLMAR -- Mild spring plus warm fall equal good pheasant numbers.

Not spectacular, record-breaking numbers, but decent nonetheless.

"Overall, it's going to be similar to last year," said Jeff Miller of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' wildlife office at Sibley State Park. "The population has shifted in some areas. It will be a decent season, but nothing spectacular."

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