Pheasants running for cover

Wet conditions at the start of the harvest season prevented eastern South Dakota farmers from getting many of their crops out prior to the start of the pheasant-hunting season. That made early-season pheasant hunting more difficult, because the birds had more places to hide.

The state Office of Tourism sent out a news release this week stating that farmers have made major progress and pheasants are "running for cover." That development, along with the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having in South Dakota (the forecast high where I live is 49 today), should make for some enjoyable late-season hunting.

Here’s the release from the Office of Tourism:

South Dakota Pheasants will be losing their cover
 
The crops are finally coming out of the ground in South Dakota and the pheasants are running for cover. This season’s late harvest has provided much shelter for the birds but now the combines are doing their job to get the crops down and the pheasants out.
 
Pheasant populations in South Dakota are as good this year as in the past.
 
"The annual pheasant brood route survey conducted in August was the fourth highest count in the past 45 years," Game, Fish and Parks Secretary Jeff Vonk said. "Hunters in South Dakota harvested over 1.8 million pheasants in five of the past six years. That same opportunity awaits hunters this year as the crops are harvested and pheasants move into more traditional cover."
 
According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service weekly report, fifty-nine percent of the sunflowers, seventy-nine percent of sorghum, and ninety-three percent of the soybeans in South Dakota have been harvested. 
Tags: Hunting, Pheasant

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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