Dakota Country Magazine October 2016 Edition - Page 44

2016 DAKOTA PHEASANT UPDATE D Dakota Country Staff Report Dakota pheasant hunters may have to work a bit harder this fall. Pheasant counts are in, and overall, numbers are down in South Dakota by some 20 percent, and 10 percent in North Dakota. At first glance it might appear to be doom and gloom, but of course, it’s not. Pheasant hunters, especially the die-hards, will seek some positive news from the otherwise negative report. The news caught many pheasant (and sharptailed grouse) hunters by surprise, in light of the mild winter and pleasant spring. But habitat, biologists point out, remains at the front of the problem, though that wasn’t entirely to blame is some areas. The breakdown begins on the next page. Page 44, Dakota Country, October 2016 www.dakotacountrymagazine.com