User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


70° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

South Dakota's Ringneck Rebound

August 27, 2014, 6:00 PM by Matt Holsen

South Dakota's Ringneck Rebound
HURON, SD -

There's great news for pheasant hunters and the businesses that support them in South Dakota. After a count earlier this month, the Game, Fish and Parks Department says bird numbers are up 76 percent from last year.

Last year, one of the lowest pheasant counts in decades led to a rough hunting season.

"Pretty steep decline in hunter participation last year," Travis Runia said. "I think we ended up having about 30,000 fewer hunters last year than we did the year before just due to the lower roadside counts last year. So seeing this bump in the numbers this year hopefully will attract a few more people to the state and help some of our local economies."

Runia, a member of Game, Fish and Parks Department's technical committee, says the pheasant harvest last year dipped below a million birds for the first time since the late 1990s.

This year, following 109 roadside surveys at the beginning of this month, he says the biggest winner is central South Dakota, where counts doubled from 2013. 

"We saw the biggest increase in the central part of the state, kind of in that Mobridge to Pierre to Chamberlain to Winner area." Runia said. "Still pretty good increases in the James River Valley from Aberdeen to Huron to Mitchell. Then along the I-29 corridor, we didn't see near the increase we saw throughout the rest of the state."

While the increase is cause for celebration, the pheasant population is still down more than 50 percent over the past decade. Runia says the GF&P is working on different ways to encourage more production including a program in the James River Valley.

"We've established 83,000 acres of CRP grassland in the James River Valley in cooperation with the USDA and all of these lands are open to public hunting," Runia said. "So that's kind of a big success we've had here over the last four years to try to put good grassland habitat on the ground, both for pheasant production and for public hunting."

Runia is looking forward to the governor's habitat work group report coming out in the next few weeks. It will provide recommendations to the governor on how to maintain and improve the state's pheasant habitat.

PBR report14_FINAL.pdf

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







Sponsored

 


View news

You may also like

Deadly Crash On I-29

7/3/2015 6:38 PM

A Brookings man is dead following a two-vehicle crash on I-29 Friday afternoon, just south of Baltic.

Full Story
Spearfish Woman Dies In Rollover Crash

7/5/2015 12:25 PM

A Spearfish woman was killed Saturday in a single-vehicle rollover crash outside of town.

Full Story
Woman Dies After Boat Collision Below Missouri River Dam

6/30/2015 9:46 AM

A 68-year-old Nebraska woman has died after a collision of two boats below Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River.

Full Story
Arlington Woman Dies Before Crashing Vehicle

7/4/2015 2:36 PM

An Arlington woman has died following a crash Friday night, but authorities say her death was not a result of the accident itself.

Full Story
Baby's Violent Death Hits Deep In Rapid City Community

7/2/2015 6:03 PM

150 people gathered not far away in Memorial Park for a candlelight vigil to honor little L'Naya Love White.

Full Story | Watch


Events