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Harsh winters, habitat loss hurts Plains hunting

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Hunters in the northern Plains who've grown accustomed to bringing home three pheasants or a deer are finding the years of abundance may be over.

Three brutal winters and a steady loss of habitat have hurt reproduction and reduced the number of animals hunters have seen this season, wildlife and conservation experts say.

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