With South Dakota having a open winter the pheasants are doing really well, Don't look like they will get snow until the end of Jan.
They are still hunting back there until the 1st of Jan.
Trapping season is going well they are getting lots of coons,coyotes,skunks and a fewfoxes. So they are thinning out the pheasant killers pretty good.
The hatch did well and in some area's they are having a second hatch,The outlook is looking good for a good season.
There will be less cornfields this year as some are already being cut for silage due to the dry weather. It looks like some of the farmers will be burning and disking down the sloughes that have no water in them(they started doing it last fall). I hate to say it, But I think the farming practice that are coming with the need to get more money out of your ground(farm every square inch) will put the pheasants back into the 1980's numbers.
This year should be a good one so don't miss out.
I have a High School Buddy that lives 17 miles from Mitchell. He guided upland and waterfowl for many years, but has retired. He said there is much public land available for DIY hunting, especially after the opening two weekends. The wife and I are considering a long weekend type trip with our camping trailer and dogs.
Think me not unkind and rude,
That I walk alone through grove and glen.
I go to seek the God of the wood,
And fetch His word to men.
He lives right in the heart of great pheasant hunting.
We are headed back on the 14th of Nov. for a week