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South Dakota pheasant brood count down 64%

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A tally of young pheasants across South Dakota indicates the bird numbers are down 64% from last year.

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department released its annual brood count Friday showing 1.52 pheasants per mile, down from 4.19 in 2012.

The survey tracks pheasant numbers over time. The actual population size is estimated after the pheasant hunting season ends, with more information included from hunters and a winter rooster-to-hen ratio survey.

The report blames months of persistent drought in 2012, a cold, wet spring this year and a reduction in habitat.

The group Pheasants Forever used the release of the report to urge Congress to strengthen conservation policies.

South Dakota's pheasant season opens Oct. 19 and runs through Jan. 5.



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