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GFP says pheasants down 64 percent

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Posted: Monday, September 2, 2013 11:59 pm | Updated: 12:03 am, Tue Sep 3, 2013.

Hundreds of thousands of pheasants mysteriously disappeared from eastern and central South Dakota in the past year. Not enough chicks hatched this summer to offset the losses.

Possible reasons are many. Drought turned severe in August a year ago and didn’t let up in many places until a cold and wet spring this year. There has been continued conversion of farm acres from conservation reserve to crops. That has meant less dense nesting cover and easier meals for predators.

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1 comment:

  • Duttsky posted at 9:04 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    Duttsky Posts: 1

    And 3 years ago they wanted to raise the limit to possibly 6? Let GFP keep controlling CRP payouts. $5/acre to let anyone stomp your ground isn't worth it anymore! Pheasants are a commodity, however, crop prices are considerably better. SD will end up like Kansas and Nebraska...or even like the 1970's when you couldn't see a bird for miles. Rooster Rush is over.

     

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