|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.
- The annual pheasant brood survey results show a 76 percent increase in the statewide pheasants-per-mile index from 2013.
- GFP surveyed 109, 30 mile-routes across the state to estimate pheasant production and calculate the pheasants-per-mile index.
- The 2014 statewide pheasants-per-mile index of 2.68 is up from 1.52 in 2013. The statewide pheasant-per-mile index is similar to 2002 when hunters harvested 1.26 million roosters.
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.