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    Anyone know when the road survey will be out?

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    They do it in August. Usually out about first week of sept if my memory serves me right.

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    Sometimes it's out by the end of August. My guess......with what should be a pretty darn good year for pheasants, I'll bet the report shows no change or maybe even a drop. The reason: so much cover around. There's more of it due to unplanted fields, & the weeds/grass are twice as tall as usual due to all the rain. But....regardless, it's not a good short-term indication of what's happening with pheasant populations anyway. I'm interested in the report only because it's info about pheasants. But when you study it & compare it to post-season reports (equally valid data), the brood report is only worthwhile as an indicator of long-term population trends.
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    Cautiously optimistic. Prime nesting season weather looked good and am thinking that the areas not planted (if left fallow) could actually improve the brood rearing cover. Just my observation but it really feels like the biggest issue with habitat in the upper Midwest right now is limited brood rearing cover and the need for some bare ground, plant diversity and insect production next to the nesting cover. I think this is why the pollinator parcels can have such a positive impact on localized bird numbers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Downtown Bang! View Post
    Just my observation but it really feels like the biggest issue with habitat in the upper Midwest right now is limited brood rearing cover and the need for some bare ground, plant diversity and insect production next to the nesting cover.
    Bang! I agree with your thoughts, especially as they pertain to eastern SD public land (GPAs & WPAs). They have great winter cover, but by & large, not good nesting cover. In general, privately owned Walk-In Areas & CREP acres have significantly better nesting cover.
    "Most pheasants in South Dakota don't react too well to #5s." -The Hunt for Red Rooster

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    By everything Iím seeing, looks like there is still a lot of water in the fields. Anyone know about the south eastern part of the state around Pickstown?

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    I'd like to have benelli-banger give his prediction on the roadside count for 2019 - He nailed it last year.

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    Not a road side survey but a friend of mine west river said he is seeing a lot of young birds while working the farm. Some are late hatch and small birds others are good size from earlier hatches. Either way seeing a lot of young pheasants.

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    I know when I was out there last year around Thanksgiving there was a lot of standing corn. I figured there were a lot of birds that survived due to miserable hunting conditions with all the water and such. Maybe a lot of 2 year old birds left from last year but I donít know what impact the flooding has had on pheasant broods or numbers. I know a lot of hunters struggled for their birds early at least til after thanksgiving. Idk as far as the number of bird hunters that come to the state after then. Iím sure it slows down but idk how much. Iím hoping for a better hunt than last year but from what Iíve gathered may need a pontoon this year. Iím hoping for the best nevertheless and will make the trip regardless. A wet day in the field is better than a dry day at home.

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    All the rain has been tough for farmers but great for birds. Many fields that were unplanted are now great brood rearing areas. Also allowed the hens to spread out and not concentrate nesting areas which reduces predation. The water also produces bugs and dew for the young birds. Going to be a great season. We hunt in Oct and Dec. Very few hunters in Dec.

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