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Harsh winters, habitat loss hurts Plains hunting

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The abundance of pheasants and deer for hunters in the Northern Plains may be over.

Wildlife and conservation experts say three brutal winters and a steady loss of habitat have hurt reproduction and reduced the number of animals.

Land is also being pulled out of the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program because the high price for corn has made farming more profitable.

More than one-fifth of the nearly 30 million acres enrolled in CRP could come out by September.

Experts say with that kind of habitat loss, the bird population will never come back even with relatively mild winters.

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