2014 South Dakota Pheasant Brood Survey Results

Earlier this week, we released the results of the 2014 Pheasant Brood Survey results; which indicate higher pheasant numbers for the upcoming hunting season. Many of you may already be aware of this information, but if not, below are a few facts and some additional resources so you can check out the results in more detail.

And here are just a few comments from Jeff Vonk, GFP Secretary:

  • “With favorable weather conditions this past winter and spring, along with the availability of quality nesting habitat across the state, we are going to see an increase in this year’s pheasant population. Survey results show pheasant numbers rebounded the strongest in central South Dakota; especially in the Pierre, Chamberlain, Mobridge and Winner areas. Results also indicate that pheasant numbers are substantially higher than 2013 throughout much of eastern South Dakota.”

South Dakota’s traditional statewide pheasant hunting season opens on Saturday, Oct. 18, and runs through Jan. 4, 2015.