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    Geez, I just post yesterday about the high temps and the fact there is little to no precipitation in the forecast and in the evening we had several cells develop in our area and the skies opened up. We had wind and some hail along with it but ended up in the Watertown area with 1.59" of rain.

    Just remind me that the next time we need some rain to just post it out here.
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    Watched the small storms go across the state last night. They were pretty small cells leading to isolated heavy rains. Need a nice border to border rain to sweep across the state.

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    I haven't made it back recently, but how dry is the Aberdeen area? I hear just West of there is the hardest hit area. I am wondering if this dry weather will not only impact the pheasants, but bring back the disease (EHD) that hurt the deer heard last year due to the dry time last summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wingedit View Post
    I haven't made it back recently, but how dry is the Aberdeen area? I hear just West of there is the hardest hit area. I am wondering if this dry weather will not only impact the pheasants, but bring back the disease (EHD) that hurt the deer heard last year due to the dry time last summer.
    Pretty darn dry in the Aberdeen area. Aberdeen is on the edge of the Severe Drought area that extends West and SW of Aberdeen. Then out by the Missouri River there is an area in the Extreme Drought area. Check out this link for SD drought info.


    https://www.drought.gov/drought/states/south-dakota
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    Fake News!

    One could speculate that a drought could negatively affect pheasant number but there is no factual basis or source to make the claim that pheasant numbers are affected. That's like saying "weather affects pheasant numbers".

    http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/outd...ant-population

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    They have statistics that show the weather conditions we've experienced recently are likely to negatively affect a crop. We believe the related news to be accurate. They have similar pheasant statistics that probably show areas hit by a somewhat tough winter, coupled with severe drought, will experience a decrease in population. I can understand why you'd LIKE it to be fake news, but I don't see anything fake about it. Weather DOES affect pheasant numbers & drought at the wrong time (like now) usually affects them negatively.

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    Here's the problem. There is no factual data or metrics in the article to support the title. "It's definitely a concern," Runia said. If I had a dime everytime somebody was concerned about weather affecting pheasants!

    The state GFP has gotten in big heat from tourism based on the fact that their statistical forecast data doesn't tell "the whole story". A hailstorm can hit one township in one county in the whole state and big God pheasant numbers are plummeting statewide.

    We were in the same drought in 2012. We are not now. It does not reflect my situation at all.

    The biggest piece of news in this article is that the pheasants are moving west only Runia gives no info as to why. Crop acreage metrics will give you the reason.

    I make assessments on pheasant numbers in about mid Dec. State wide forecast pheasant forecasts are worthless except for those that want to use bad or fake news to discourage out of staters from coming to the state so they can have it all to themselves. While this sounds good and probably reflected the way i would have thought 20 years ago I now realize that if you want to have good bird numbers you have to have good cash flow because good habitat leads to good habitat which produces good bird numbers. And thats a fact.

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    Anyone that can believe that weather doesn't effect the pheasant population has to be smoking something. Aside from habitat, weather has to be the next biggest factor. Severe winters (i.e. '96-'97) can have a huge negative effect in some very large areas of the state. Very hot and dry weather during the hatch also can have a big negative effect on young birds. While hail can wipe out areas of birds those areas tend to be quite small. It's hard to believe there is no statistical information to back the fact that weather can effect pheasant numbers.
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    Sometimes it's better not to say anything, than talking out ones you know! ��

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    I'm with you, George. There may not be any stats regards to weather, but I can't believe blizzards/deep snow, cold spring rains and hail do not affect the birds. Add shrinking habitat, another factor that affects the population; all part of the mix. It's a wonder any birds survive!

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