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  1. #11
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    Hypothetical scenario.

    A Farm after hunting season has 500 birds. 400 hens and 100 Cocks
    Severe winter kills 300 hens and 25 Cocks.
    Going into Spring nesting we now have 100 hens and 75 cocks
    Each hen averages 4 chicks that make it to maturity for opening day.
    Let’s assume chicks are 50/50 split Hens / Cocks
    So now you have 300 hens and 275 cocks for 575 total birds.
    So if my math is even close. The “Farm” should be ok for this coming fall hunting season.

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    How many acres is your hypothetical farm?
    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by UplandHntr View Post
    How many acres is your hypothetical farm?
    The percentages will stay relatively the same. My point I guess is the hatch is more important than winter survival.
    The farm I hunt in SD has 10 sections but I would say only a couple would be considered shelter belts for Winter survival.

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    Hockey Bob makes a great point. You would much rather see a favorable spring in combination with a bad winter than a easy winter and terrible spring. I have seen many of times high winter survival and the hunting is not as good because of a poor hatch.

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    Yes the hatch is important to end numbers.
    Last edited by moedogee; 07-04-2019 at 02:57 PM.

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    Maybe he hunts preserves.
    Last edited by moedogee; 07-04-2019 at 02:55 PM.

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    Like it or not. This is where the Play for Pay gets their Roosters. http://gisipheasantfarms.com/

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    My point was the harsh winter vs. a great spring and the overall impact it has to the bird numbers. On good years, the area I hunt will hold bird numbers as Hockey Bob has described. We are discussing the hatch and the conversation turns into a pay for play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moedogee View Post
    Yes the hatch is most important to end numbers. But Hockey Bob doesn't make a good point. His figures are grossly skewed. Unless hes talking about the Warne Ranch or properly managed habitat! their aren't 10 pheasants per farm in the region where I live!! He must not live in South Dakota or has hunted only planted birds!
    Moegoggie,

    I can promise you the farm I hunt is 100% wild birds. He leaves quality habitat and the birds thrive. 10 pheasants per farm? I see 10 pheasants in the first 100 yards of a tree line. What are you hunting a plowed field? Please tell me what county you’re hunting so I know never to go over that way and waste my time. The farm I hunt is not a commercialized operation. Just a working farm and a love for wildlife. About 7-10 years ago it was nothing to see 500 birds in a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike da Carpenter View Post
    What part of SD are you in?
    Between Aberdeen and Mobridge.

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