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Finding the colorful ring-necked pheasant rooster is expected to be quite a chore until row crops are harvested.

Pheasants hold big advantage as 2009 season opens

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Hunters are getting their first crack at those gaudy, squawky playboys of the cornfields this weekend across Minnesota's pheasant range.

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It is a special time for pheasant hunters no matter what the weather or crop conditions are in the state. That double-barrel has been on the gun rack for too long. The pooch has been penned up too long. Those hunter legs, which can only really get in shape by crossing some rough ground in search of roosters, need some stretching.

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