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2013 South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Report

South Dakota pheasant hunting in 2013 was another abnormal year. After so many outstanding years of unbelievable pheasant populations, we’d become spoiled with skies so full of birds that if you missed your target, you might get one anyway. Continue reading

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2012 South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Report

Going into the season, I knew it wasn’t going to be typical, as the summer was HOT, and the rains didn’t come, but the winds DID! Throughout a typical season, we harvest roughly 75% young birds, and we find them mostly in the food strips. This year, as a result of the now-infamous 2012 drought and its effect on the new hatch, we harvested 75% old birds, and the birds just weren’t in the food strips. Continue reading

South Dakota Pheasant Season

Should South Dakota open its hunting season a week earlier to include the Columbus Day holiday weekend? Continue reading

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South Dakota Pheasants

South Dakota is split in the middle by the Missouri River, and the east half has a more fertile soil, higher precipitation and many more people. Other than Tripp County (Winner area), the east side of the State has been, historically speaking, recognized as the area to hunt pheasants. However, over the past decades the pheasant population has shifted west. The pheasant population in the eastern half of the State has suffered by weather but, moreso, by the loss of CRP habitat. With the price of grain these past years being, on average, twice as high as the past decades, farming is much more attractive, so as CRP contracts expire, landowners are not removing so many of those acres to make more off the land by farming it. As we all know, the CRP acres are the largest influence on the pheasant populations. On the west side of the river, there has also been a reduction in CRP acres, but much less significantly than on the eastern side. Continue reading

2011 pheasant hunting

We’ve hunted 87 hunters and have bagged 261 roosters.  Clients have been very happy! Continue reading

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2011 Pheasant Hunting Report

Greetings!  I hope you had a very Merry Christmas, and enjoyed celebrating the New Year of 2012!

2011 was a very good year for Ringnecks Hunting & Lodging.  Once again, we improved upon the lodge and its surroundings with repairs and paint, including 3 new murals.  Also, we acquired more hunting acres.  We hunted 752 guns this past year and bagged 2,215 ringnecks.  The weather was beautiful all the way through the last day of the season—January 1st.  During 2012, we plan to do more remodeling and adding on, which will include more bedrooms. Continue reading