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Pheasant hunters have found the early going tough. With all of the area's corn still to be harvested, the advantage clearly belongs to the roosters. The best success is found during the first and last shooting hours. Tribune photos by Tom Cherveny

Late harvest has made for a slow start to waterfowl, pheasant seasons

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WILLMAR -- Area hunters are hoping for better days ahead after experiencing disappointing starts to both the waterfowl and pheasant seasons.

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"Pretty fair at best,'' said Minnesota Conservation Officer Ed Picht, Montevideo area, of the limited hunting success he's witnessed over the past two weeks.

His counterpart in Willmar has seen no better, and like everyone else knows why. "There's an ocean of corn and beans,'' said Jim Steffen, Willmar area Conservation Officer.

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