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  1. #1
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    Dec 2018

    Default Incoming storm

    With this storm rolling in from MT and WY those poor birds are going to take a hit. Big snow and wind. Not good. Say your prayers.:10sign.

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    I don’t think it will cause much for problems for the birds. There is tons of great cover including all the standing crops and the ground is still very warm so snow melt will be fast with temps set to warm up to the 50’s shortly after the snow stops falling. Just my 2 cents on it.

  3. #3


    Birds will be fine, it's a dress rehearsal for Jan/Feb. I'm more concerned about all the lodged corn the farmer is going to have to pick up.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2012


    Not the first time they have had an early snow storm.. Cold temps aren't going to last that long either. Plenty of food out there as well not like Jan/Feb.

  5. #5
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    Oct 2016
    Sioux Falls, SD


    They'll be fine. The thing that gets them this time of year (as well as springtime) is freezing rain. If they don't encounter freezing rain, they'll hardly be affected at all right now.
    "Most pheasants in South Dakota don't react too well to #5s." -The Hunt for Red Rooster

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2019
    Black Hills, SD


    Quote Originally Posted by A5 Sweet 16 View Post
    They'll be fine. The thing that gets them this time of year (as well as springtime) is freezing rain. If they don't encounter freezing rain, they'll hardly be affected at all right now.
    The weather forecast below looks to be detrimental.....let's pray it doesn't pan out.

    Posted via Fair Use from the National Weather Service Sioux Falls Office(bold emphasis mine):

    Hazardous Weather Outlook
    National Weather Service Sioux Falls SD
    446 AM CDT Thu Oct 10 2019

    McCook-Minnehaha-Charles Mix-Douglas-Hutchinson-Turner-Bon Homme-
    446 AM CDT Thu Oct 10 2019

    This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for southwest Minnesota, east
    central South Dakota, south central South Dakota and southeast
    South Dakota.

    .DAY ONE...Today and tonight.

    Periods of rain or drizzle, along with a few rumbles of thunder, are
    expected today. This will transition to snow or freezing drizzle as
    colder air spreads east across the region late today and tonight.
    Minor snow accumulations and a light glaze of icing are possible.

    Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing tonight, with wind
    chills in the teens to lower 20s by daybreak Friday. You will want to
    protect sensitive outdoor vegetation and take other precautions
    against the sub-freezing temperatures.

    .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Friday through Wednesday.

    Areas of light snow will remain possible into Friday, though any
    additional accumulation is expected to be less than a half inch.
    Scattered snow or rain showers will be possible again on Saturday,
    with little if any snow accumulation. In addition to the snow,
    westerly winds will be gusting to 30 to 45 mph Friday and Saturday.

    If you have any travel plans through Saturday, especially to the
    north and west, you will want to continue monitoring the forecast and
    latest road conditions before heading out.

    Colder temperatures in the mid to upper 20s are likely Friday night,
    effectively ending the growing season. Wind chills will remain in the
    teens to lower 20s into Saturday morning.

  7. #7
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    Oct 2019


    Iím still not sure what to think of the storm. Like Matt D said, the cover is great and the standing crops provide great habitat during winter weather. On the other hand though, there are still lots of young birds out there that may not yet be equipped to handle these conditions. I guess we will see.


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