The Free Press, Mankato, MN


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Tim Ackarman of Ventura, Iowa, walks out of a field enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program with a brace of pheasants on Saturday, the opening day of the Iowa pheasant hunting season. Despite dwindling bird numbers in recent years, both Ackarman and Free Press columnist John Cross had an excellent Day 1 of the season.