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Continued: Losses of habitat as grasslands plowed mean trouble for hunters and wildlife

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 28, 2013 - 11:47 PM

“We’re not increasing it [walk-in acreage] as fast as anticipated,’’ he said.

High commodity prices and skyrocketing land values are driving the conversion of grasslands back to crops, and few see any near-term change in the trend. Next year, some 205,000 acres of CRP contracts are scheduled to expire in Minnesota, Tenney said. All bad news for a state where the pheasant population is down 29 percent this fall.

Meanwhile, Minnesota hunters this year must buy a $3 validation to hunt those walk-in lands this season. So far, the DNR has sold 2,548 of them.

 

Doug Smith • doug.smith@startribune.com

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