Challenges threaten hunters as pheasant season nears

PIERRE, S.D. — Hunters may face a few hurdles with pheasant hunting season coming in just a few weeks.

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks says that the rain and snow from this year’s spring and summer could have an impact on the pheasant population. This year’s pheasant survey in the state showed a 17 per cent decrease from last year.

In Armor, S.D. staff at South Dakota Pheasant Acres say that the population is not what worries them. Their main concern is water — some of the hunting land is still flooded.

“It’s going to make getting around a lot harder,” said Marty Jensen, manager at South Dakota Pheasant Acres. “We’re going to go through a lot more fuel, we’re going to spend a lot more time on the buses than we usually do. But as far as the hunting goes there is a lot of huntable ground yet. It’s just going to be a little tougher to get to.”

Employees at Pheasant Acres urge hunters to be careful driving to their destinations this year. Many roads are still closed and flooded.

Pheasant season begins on October 19.

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