GF&P Receives Update On Pheasant Numbers
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
PIERRE, S.D. (WNAX-AM) -- While the summer road survey shows pheasant numbers down, hunters should still have a good chance at success this fall.
The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department Board got an update Friday on the brood count released last month that showed a forty five percent drop in birds in the roadside survey.
Game biologist Travis Runia (ruin-ya) says the numbers look somewhat similar to 2013:
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Runia says the traditional hunting areas have the majority of birds:
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Runia says dry conditions came very early in most nesting areas.
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Runia also pointed to a big drop in CRP acres, which is prime nesting for pheasants.
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