PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Brood counts done this month across the state are showing that the pheasant population in South Dakota is up from last year, which means the pheasant season should be excellent this fall. The annual August survey showed that pheasant numbers were up in many areas of the state, thanks to a mild winter and ideal weather during the nesting and brood-rearing season. Jeff Vonk, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, says in a press release that the moderate weather conditions last winter brought the boost that was needed for pheasant survival and reproductive potential. Vonk says pheasant hunting should be good across most of the state this year, with the traditional pheasant range once again offering excellent hunting opportunities. More than 1.5 million pheasants were harvested last year and Vonk says this month’s counts show that this will be another exceptional year for pheasant hunting in the state.
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