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    Default No hunting for one year?

    Like everyone else I am eagerly awaiting the roadside survey. Although I have loved making the trip to SD the past 5 years, I have not decided if I will drive out this year regardless of the results. However, I have often wondered what the bird population would do if the state closed the pheasant season for one year. What's your opinion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogbo2013 View Post
    Like everyone else I am eagerly awaiting the roadside survey. Although I have loved making the trip to SD the past 5 years, I have not decided if I will drive out this year regardless of the results. However, I have often wondered what the bird population would do if the state closed the pheasant season for one year. What's your opinion?
    this has been discussed many times..........overall it would have little or no effect on long term populations......we don't shoot hens and the key to re populations is the habitat and weather......there are always enough roosters to sustain breeding success.

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    Little to no lasting effect. Please come hunt our birds.
    "Most pheasants in South Dakota don't react too well to #5s." -The Hunt for Red Rooster

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    In some ways it could have a detrimental effect. If you carry over too many roosters it can negatively effect hens. In bad weather the roosters will take the best cover and force the hens out into thinner cover thus potentially causing an increase in hen mortality. Like hunter 94 said, we don't shoot hens. As long as there is one rooster for about every 10 hens they will be fine. Weather and habitat play the biggest role in the number of birds.
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    Excellent point Zeb.
    "Most pheasants in South Dakota don't react too well to #5s." -The Hunt for Red Rooster

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    do anything that encourages landowners to keep, or create, habitat...go to a pay to hunt operation even a day or two on an otherwise public land-only hunt...and I'm not talking about a highfalutin preserve...find a landowner to takes a liking to wildlife and let him know you appreciate what he has done...tell him if you could hunt his ground for a day you'd like to make a contribution towards his real estate taxes or his habitat, which you understand takes $ out of his pocket by not being able to farm it...do this after Thanksgiving, by then the firearms deer season is over and relatives have gone home...you may make a friend...if he turns you down, still thank him for the habitat he has created and maintained...it is important regardless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benelli-banger View Post
    do anything that encourages landowners to keep, or create, habitat...go to a pay to hunt operation even a day or two on an otherwise public land-only hunt...and I'm not talking about a highfalutin preserve...find a landowner to takes a liking to wildlife and let him know you appreciate what he has done...tell him if you could hunt his ground for a day you'd like to make a contribution towards his real estate taxes or his habitat, which you understand takes $ out of his pocket by not being able to farm it...do this after Thanksgiving, by then the firearms deer season is over and relatives have gone home...you may make a friend...if he turns you down, still thank him for the habitat he has created and maintained...it is important regardless.
    really good advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by benelli-banger View Post
    do anything that encourages landowners to keep, or create, habitat...go to a pay to hunt operation even a day or two on an otherwise public land-only hunt...and I'm not talking about a highfalutin preserve...find a landowner to takes a liking to wildlife and let him know you appreciate what he has done...tell him if you could hunt his ground for a day you'd like to make a contribution towards his real estate taxes or his habitat, which you understand takes $ out of his pocket by not being able to farm it...do this after Thanksgiving, by then the firearms deer season is over and relatives have gone home...you may make a friend...if he turns you down, still thank him for the habitat he has created and maintained...it is important regardless.
    This is really good advice!

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    Can’t imagine telling my dog that we are taking a year off. She’s gonna be seven and I’m gonna be 62. I’m gonna hunt the good years and the lean years until we can’t. I owe it to her. Heading to the Canadian border first week of October.

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    What would be a fair price to offer to pay for one or two hunters with dogs. Have never paid to hunt before. Thanks

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