Early Ditch Mowing Can Hurt Nesting Pheasants

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) East River landowners should check their calendar before they start mowing ditches along state highways. That word from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department. Rules state that right-of-ways can’t be mowed east of the Missouri River before July 10 and all mowing by permit must be done by September 1 each year. Jeff Vonk, Secretary of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department says in a release that earlier mowing of road ditches can endanger the ring-necked pheasant. Vonk says due to the importance of roadsides to nesting pheasants, landowners should delay mowing the right-of-way ditches as long as they can to give nesting hens a chance to hatch their broods. Vonk says the East River ditch haying rule considers the need to protect nesting pheasants and the need of producers to stockpile livestock forage. For more information, call the Department of Transportation at 773-3265 or the G F & P at 773-3381.

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