The deadly bird flu has led to nearly seven million turkeys and chickens killed in the midwest. Although pheasant farmers haven't been hit with the deadly strain, they're still implementing rigid security measures on their farms.
"We were pretty protective before but now we're really protective," said Tim Lund, pheasant farmer in Madison.
Tim Lund has owned Lake County Pheasant Hatchery for three decades. It's his passion and it's his livelihood. But the looming threat of the bird flu has taken over Tim's every thought.
"It would shut me down. There'd be a farm sale here because if it took out everything, I raise a little over 30,000 birds, If it took all of them out it would put me out of business," said Tim.
While getting footage of Tim's farm, we stayed a safe distance away. He is not letting anyone, besides staff, onto his farm for safety measures.
"Even the feed truck coming, I want to make sure it hasn't been to any of those places and I think we're going to have it disinfected before it comes in too. But i don't know if the disinfectant would work or not. It would be nice they could find something that could work with it," said Tim.
With pheasant hunting season right around the corner...
"Can you imagine if it wiped out the whole population of pheasants in South Dakota or wiped out places like me, other places like this? Imagine what would happen to our hunting, the amount of money that comes in from all the hunters coming in. It would just kill South Dakota," said Tim.
Tim says raising pheasants is already a gamble and the threat of the bird flu is adding to the stakes.
"It makes your stomach tie in knots; you're worried about it -- been doing this for so long," said Tim.