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South Dakota Pheasant Hunting News

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Over the last few years farmers have been taking fields out of the CRP to put back into production because of the rise in prices for certain crops. From this, the US is now suffering one of the longest corn slumps for 30 years and this has led to a great year for the pheasant population of South Dakota.

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A career off the farm was what Doug Sombke wanted when he headed off to college in 1978. However, it was only a few weeks into his freshman year when he decided that he should head back to his family’s Conde farm.

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While it is late in the season and most of the released pheasants in many states have already been harvested, there are still good hunting opportunities around. The late season is particularly great for hunting dogs as some hunters find this is when they are in their element.

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While they may not have the appeal of South or North Dakota, there are other states where hunting pheasants is still available for all. Hunting in Wisconsin is still available and it is not just pheasants: turkeys are also on the hunter radars.

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The Game, Fish and Parks Commission are in good stead at the moment. More non-resident hunters have come to the state and purchased small-game licenses this fall.

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While many hunters have already taken to the field, there are those that are looking forward to taking advantage of the late season hunting time. According to the Department of Natural Resources, this isn’t going to be a bad part of the season. In fact, those hunting late on in Minnesota should find rich pickings.

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South Dakota’s history of preventing pheasant hunting before noon is one of the most unique in the area. Neighboring states can start their hunting quests a lot earlier in the day. For instance, hunters in North Dakota can start shooting their favorite quarry thirty minutes before sunrise while in Minnesota hunters can take to the fields at 9am.

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The results from the beginning of the South Dakota pheasant season are looking good. The number of hunters and the pheasant harvest has increased. This has led to a boost in the local economy, far greater than has been seen in the last couple of years.

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The South Dakota pheasant hunting season has been going now for a few years and already, the reports from the field are positive. According to Al Ward, who has been hunting around Harrold, South Dakota, for the previous 14 years, the pheasant harvest has improved dramatically.

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With pheasants becoming scarcer thanks to the reduction in their habitats, many hunters aren’t having the luck when they go to the fields. This has led some hunting experts to provide their advice on hunting. So what are these tips?

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For South Dakotan residents it is not Christmas or Thanksgiving that is their favorite time of year, instead it is often stated that the third weekend of October is the best time of the year. Why? Because this is the traditional weekend for the opening of the pheasant hunting season.

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On Saturday, October 17 the South Dakota pheasant opener was held. The day which is much revered by pheasant hunters across the country is also much anticipated by the local community. Some of those businesses that actively look forward to this weekend are the lodges.

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The pheasant hunting season has just started and the lower than average pheasant harvest from hunters, has led some non-residents to have concerns for pheasant populations beyond what was expected from the roadside surveys.

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The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is one of the government’s greatest achievements when it comes to habitat conservation. The program pays farmers to set aside marginal cropland and allow it to become grassland habitat. The program was so successful that the majority of grassland in South Dakota and Minnesota was due to this initiative.

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South Dakota’s annual pheasant survey may have indicated a positive population increase over the last twelve months but conservation groups are warning that it is no time for celebration yet. Instead, groups like Pheasant Forever are suggesting that efforts need to be concentrated on habitat conservation.

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October will be the start of the pheasant hunting season and there will tens of thousands of hunters taking to the fields of South Dakota. Over the past 96 years, pheasant hunting has become a tradition in South Dakota that is also an institution within the local economy.

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If there was ever a time to be a pheasant hunter in South Dakota, it is now. The recent release of the annual report by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department was great for the pheasant count.

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When it comes to the best place to hunt pheasants in the US, and even the world, there are few who would argue that South Dakota has a firm grasp on the title. However, there are two states hoping that their recent pheasant population gains can help the state become a contender for the title.

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The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks department has completed their 2015 pheasant brood survey and the results are out. Those expecting a good count will be pleased, as early results show that pheasant numbers have increased 42% from the pheasants-per-mile index recorded in 2014.

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Ever since 1946, this has been the season when Game, Fish and Parks staff begin to conduct pheasant brood surveys. Usually they are conducted between late July and August.

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