Well, the brood counts are in and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks counted an average of 6.32 pheasants per mile in 2009 as part of its annual pheasant brood survey. This is the fourth highest statewide count in the past 45 years.
So it looks to be another good year even though the statewide index has decreased from last year, the 2009 statewide pheasant per mile count is 13 percent higher than the 10-year average.
And trust me, there are plenty of birds to be hunted this season. Just driving around on the country roads right now, a person can figure that one out!
Another key point to keep in mind is that our state has sustained good pheasant populations over the past several years due to the quality habitat of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP land).
Get ready for another good year of pheasant hunting in South Dakota!
The detailed report can be found at: