The state has released pheasant numbers and estimates are down this year. But those who benefit from hunting are still doing what they can to keep the visitor numbers strong.
Estimates from the state show pheasant numbers down 64 percent from last year. But the question still remains: will visiting hunter numbers follow that decrease? The Aberdeen area dropped 55 percent from last year. But the Convention and Visitors Bureau says they're still hopeful hunting numbers will be strong.
Workers there haven't heard of people canceling trips because of the numbers and hotels are still booked. Still, reps go to hunting and tourism shows to promote the area and hear a lot of hunters ask about pheasant numbers.
"The economic impact definitely is impacted by those pheasant numbers. With numbers being down, yeah, there may be a dip," Casey Weismantel with Aberdeen Convention and Visitors Bureau said.
The CVB is also hearing from lodge and land owners who are seeing a lot of pheasants and say there will still be plenty of good hunting in the area.