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  1. #51
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    Received a report from a fellow - Lyman County: pheasants apparently survived OK. He wasn't too definitive, but the report was positive.

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    Birds West of Pierre did well. No dead birds found throughout winter.

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    Big storm moving in per accuweather. Wendsday/Thursday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 28gauge View Post
    Big storm moving in per accuweather. Wendsday/Thursday.
    One to two feet of snow and winds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakotazeb View Post
    One to two feet of snow and winds.
    With most/all of the snow melted, the birds could have better conditions to hide and hunker - assuming they have sense to head for the groves and sloughs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 28gauge View Post
    Big storm moving in per accuweather. Wendsday/Thursday.
    Arrghh Is it just me or have the powers that be decided that somewhere in my past I have something that I should be punished for. Finally mostly retired and can spend more time hunting and the birds can't get a break. Then North Dakota looks like to change the trespass laws. Thank goodness I haven't quit drinking.

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    The sloughs are full of water. It should be a good duck year.

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    NEW STORM COMING! What will this do to the birds? Have the chicks hatched yet?

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    Chicks start to hatch in late May, I believe...around June 8th or 10th is usually the peak of the hatch...hens aren't nesting yet, but fairly soon...April blizzards are fairly common...good news is there hasn't been snow on the ground in much of SD for a few weeks...the birds have eaten more easily...temps have been pretty nice...the big risk is the birds being caught in the open and suffocating, as they face into the wind and if it there is moisture and cold temps it freezes their nostrils shut...hopefully they feed near decent winter cover like trees or cattails...it is going to warm up fairly soon after, I am not too worried...in areas where the snow hadn't melted yet, and feed has been hard to find, maybe a bit different story...but the storm from a month ago may have already done the damage in those areas...

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    40-50 mile per hour winds and 18+ inches of snow. This one might be another cattle killer. Areas will be bad.

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