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PIERRE, S.D. – The S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department is offering residents the opportunity to review a five-year draft management plan for pheasants.

The Ring-necked Pheasant Management Plan for South Dakota 2009-2014 is an 84-page draft on how the department proposes to manage the state’s prized game bird. The proposal is open for review during a 30-day public comment period.

“With the recent and future loss of habitat enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program and other challenges that lie ahead, GFP is actively addressing future issues by having a comprehensive plan in place for implementation,” said Chad Switzer, GFP terrestrial wildlife administrator. “This plan is comprised of measurable and time-bound strategies to successfully meet the identified goals, but it provides the flexibility to make adjustments if there is a need.”

The draft management plan can be found on the GFP Web site at under the “What’s New” heading. There is also the opportunity to provide feedback on the plan through the Internet link.

“A planning process like this is always improved by public input,” Switzer said. “If you have a love for pheasants and wildlife and their habitats in South Dakota, please look through the plan and share any thoughts or ideas you might have.”

A printed copy of the draft can be obtained by writing: Pheasant Management Plan, Game, Fish and Parks Department, 523 East Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501. Written comments on the plan may be mailed to the same address.




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