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Pheasant numbers down 46% in SD

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There was bad news for hunters this month in the annual state Game, Fish & Parks Department survey of pheasant broods.
The annual road survey of pheasants by GF&P staffers showed a 46 percent decline in bird numbers from the 2010 survey index. This year's count was down 41 percent from the average for the last 10 years, which were exceptional years for pheasant numbers.
GF&P Secretary Jeff Vonk of Pierre said hard winter weather conditions and fewer acres of habitat in the federal Conservation Reserve Program combined to hurt pheasant reproduction this year.
"We observed abnormally high mortality of hen pheasants during the brutal winter of 2010-2011," Vonk said Thursday in a news release. "The loss of that reproductive potential inhibited the ability of our pheasant population to rebound to the recover levels we have enjoyed in recent years."
Declines in the bird counts were noted statewide but the most substantial losses were in eastern South Dakota, where winter hit hardest and habitat was most diminished. The loss of about 400,000 acres of CRP acres - about 600 square miles - in the state over the last four years also had an impact, Vonk said.
"We knew this day was coming when important pheasant habitats provided by the cover on Conservation Reserve Program fields were lost," he said.
There were 1.56 million acres of CRP in South Dakota in 2007. Now there are about 1.17 million acres.
Vonk was encouraged by the response of pheasants in central South Dakota to thick vegetation from plentiful moisture. That cover offered an environment for "excellent pheasant production" in much of the central part of the state, Vonk said.
Hunting should still be good in general and exceptional in the best areas, he said.
"All things considered, pheasant numbers in much of the traditional range of the state are still good despite declines in the counts," Vonk said.

As Charles Barkley says, "I may be wrong, but I doubt it".
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-27-2011, 02:01 AM
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Re: Pheasant numbers down 46% in SD

Due to a drought in Kansas this year pheasant numbers are also supposed to be down. Montana has had two really bad winters and it has caused bird numbers to go way down. Weather plays a big part in pheasant numbers.

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Re: Pheasant numbers down 46% in SD

The National Amateur Pheasant Championship was held in Montana this year and most dogs did not have pheasant contacts. The weather was the factor given for the low numbers on the ranch where it was held.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-27-2011, 12:24 PM
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Re: Pheasant numbers down 46% in SD

This may be of some interest to you and a possible cause as well. Also look at my other post on the forum about the Co. Montour pheasant restoration area, and the impact of Limestone/no till farming.

South Dakota N0-till farming increase.

Think outside the box on this one....

Increase in CRP land left less plowed acreage and less access to limestone/calcium needed by the birds. The pheasant population suffered. Now No-till is increasing at a huge rate, putting the nail in the coffin of the pheasants. The loss of the CRP acreage may actually be having no effect on the birds. It may all be related to access to calcium for egg production.
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Re: Pheasant numbers down 46% in SD

Interesting idea. Even after all the study that has been done on pheasants there still are things we don't know. I always thought that the reason pheasants did so well in Montour County was the fact that limstone is common. Not many places have names like "Limstoneville"

Based on SDs increase in no-till it does not match SDs record number of pheasants the last few years. The decrease better matches the very recent decline in CRP and most likely the hard winter. The weather was definately the reason in Montana.

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Re: Pheasant numbers down 46% in SD

For some reason pheasant forever guys say no-til has nothing to do with it.

As Charles Barkley says, "I may be wrong, but I doubt it".
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