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South Dakota Pheasant Opener

Postby Dmog » Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:43 pm

Just got back from an amazing 3 day pheasant hunt for S.D. opener. First day was 8 hunters, 6 dogs, 24 roosters started at 10am and done by 12:30. 2nd day was 8 hunters, 5 dogs, 24 roosters started at 10:30am and done by 11:30am. This was on private land around White Lake mostly strips of standing corn and sorghum. Last walk was switch grass and could see the dogs work and point. Ended on a 4 dog point and 4 roosters and 1 hen holding for us. 3rd day just my Pudelpointer and me on walk in hunting near Huron. Started at 10am and had my limit of 3 by 10:45am. Couldn’t believe the high ratio of roosters to hens. 1st day was like 20:1, 2nd day was 15:1, and 3rd day was about 10:1. I was sceptical that they were wild birds with the high ratio of roosters to hens so I started inspecting the nostrils on the birds Dash retrieved. If they were pen raised they didn’t use peeps.
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Re: South Dakota Pheasant Opener

Postby AverageGuy » Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:26 pm

Sounds like fun to me.

I'm in SD hunting now. Hen to rooster ratios are about 1:1 where I am. Far more hens holding for close range shots than roosters but still limits coming easy enough.

I'd say you got into some released birds with the ratios you encountered.
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