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Dwindling Iowa pheasants

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - Iowa hunters and conservationists fear the hard winter, and potential for a wet spring will trim an already dwindling pheasant population.

The number of hunters and the number of birds killed per year are at or near all-time lows. Habitat is shrinking because of the high demand for corn for ethanol.

Pheasants Forever's annual event runs through this weekend in Des Moines.

The group encourages farmers to plant grasslands, which could include shifting the biofuels market toward making ethanol from grasses that provide wildlife cover.

Upland bird hunting brings in $186 million a year to the state.

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