It's not yet known if the storm which slammed the southwestern part of North Dakota has caused a large amount of winterkill for the pheasant season opener, but North Dakota Game and Fish wardens say pheasant numbers are down 30 to 40 percent, largely due to the weather.
The season kicked off this weekend and is big business for the state.
Tens of thousands of hunters kill at least half a million birds in a typical season.
We caught up with a hunter who traveled from Fargo to north of Glen Ullin to hunt with friends and family this weekend.
"This is a really good year for hunting so far, there was a lot of birds out in our area, hopefully it stays that way, I want to come out and shoot a few more of them in the coming weekends." says Jeff Duppong, traveled to Glen Ullin from Fargo for open pheasant hunting
A group of hunters we tagged along with last year at this time also had success this opening weekend in Hettinger County.
They got their limit.
The season runs from Saturday through next January 5th.