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2013 Pheasant Outlook

The annual brood count is completed late-July through mid-August. The 2013 results are not yet available.

In 2012, South Dakota once again had one of the highest pheasant populations in the country – with the pheasants-per-mile index rising 18% from 2011. According to the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks, bird numbers increased in many areas of the state thanks to a mild winter and spring. You can find the full report and county-by-county numbers on the GF&P website.

2012 Pheasant SeasonPheasant Hunting in South Dakota

From the South Dakota GF&P Brood Survey Results.

  • Season: October 20, 2012 through January 6, 2013.
  • In 2012, there were 93,225 resident and 98,362 nonresident pheasant hunting licenses issued.
  • From the survey responses, a projected total of 1,428,874 pheasants were harvested (599,675 by residents, 829,198,894 by nonresidents) during the 2012 seasons.
  • The five counties with the highest reported harvests were Tripp, Brown, Spink, Lyman and Edmunds.

For more results of the 2012 hunting season, please visit the Pheasant Hunting webpage of the Department of Game, Fish & Parks. The data for 2013 will be posted when it becomes available.