Good news for South Dakota pheasant hunters, both resident and non-resident: brood counts in the nation’s top pheasant hunting destination state are up 18 percent from last year.
From this story in the Mitchell (SD) Daily Republic: _
Brood count survey results announced this week in South Dakota, the nation’s top pheasant hunting state, indicate the statewide population of the birds is up from last year. Results of the survey show that pheasant numbers grew in many areas of the state, due in large part to a mild winter and ideal weather during the nesting and brood. The pheasants-per-mile index for 2012 is 4.21, up 18 percent from the 3.57 index of 2011. “The mild winter of 2011-12 was the boost we needed for pheasant survival and reproductive potential,” said Jeff Vonk, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, in a news release. “It goes to show that, with the combination of good habitat and the right weather conditions, pheasants can be quite prolific.”
Anyone planning on a South Dakota pheasant hunt this year?