According to the South Dakota GFP the annual brood survey starts July 25 and ends August 15. What is your prediction for the state wide % up down or the same
Throw the percentages out. While a 50% increase seems fantastic think about it like this. If your area had 1.7 birds per mile last year a 50% increase is only about .8 birds. From all that I'm reading and hearing the numbers statewide will certainly be up from last year. But I think it may vary greatly from one area to another due to some extreme weather differences. The southeast part of the state had a lot of rain and flooding which could not have helped. And the central part from Huron up to Aberdeen is still in a severe drought area. Overall, look for increased pheasant numbers and better hunting than last year.
Southeast up 30%
South central up 45%
North central up 40%
Northeast up 25%
Statewide up 38.62%
The 5 numbers above will be as useful as the brood survey report in predicting what this season will be like. But.....those are my guesses.
statewide, up 40%. some areas probably up around 70%, some up only 10%. still pretty low in real #'s...we went from about 3 birds per mile in 2016 to about 1.7 last year. Again, that is statewide. I bet the average is around 2.5 birds per mile, which could be a 50% increase.
The thing that worries me is look how far off it is from the 10 year average. Some of those peak years a dropping off now on that average and it's still below. Not good, but improving. Just shows it takes a lot of good years to make up for decreasing numbers.