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Statistics on South Dakota's 2008 Bird Season

May 11, 2009.

From South Dakota Game Fish and Parks:

According to a survey done by the Game Fish and Parks Department, more than 176,000 resident and non-resident hunters pursued ring-necked pheasants in South Dakota during the 2008 season.

Hunters harvested approximately 1.9 million birds.  Resident hunters averaged 7.3 days in the field and harvested 11.5 birds each.  Nonresident hunters averaged 4.5 days and 10.5 birds.

Approximately 18,800 residents participated in the early, resident-only pheasant season, with an estimated harvest of 40,632 birds.

South Dakota’s inaugural mentored pheasant season saw participation of 2,566 youth hunters.

The 2008 prairie grouse hunting season drew more than 12,400 (7,044 resident and 5,383 nonresident) hunters, who bagged an estimated 47,000 grouse and prairie chickens.

For a more detailed look at the 2008 Pheasant, Prairie Grouse, and other hunting seasons visit: www.sdgfp.info/Wildlife/hunting/Harvest/Projections.htm

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