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Old 09-07-2013, 09:44 PM
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I am considering going to SD this fall to do some pheasant hunting this fall. Does anyone have any recommendations for a lodge/outfitter/landowner to contact. Ideally I would find a landowner who charges a trespass fee for the hunting and then I would find my own lodging and food because I don't need and can't afford fancy accommodations. I would not need a guide or a dog and am not interested in getting put together with another group. I teach school and so my only good option is to go over my Christmas break (between Christmas and the Jan. 5th close of season). I contacted UGuide but they close down before Christmas and so that is not an option for me.

Anyway if anybody has any recommendations I would appreciate it.

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Old 09-08-2013, 08:05 PM
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:47 PM
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Cant help you with your search, but can give you some helpful info. If you purchase your license after the 15th December, you can use 5 days this year, and 5 days next hunting year. If you purchase it prior to, you have to use all ten days up during this season..

Roadside surveys are brutal this year. Down like 54% from last years dismal season..

Theres a late, late hatch that may not have been noted by the surveys, that could possibly be the difference.

Going later in the season is helpful to gain access, but you should look to when the deer season are, and those weekends usually have some land tied up..

Even with the poor count, Im looking forward to heading out as often as I can,.,.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:51 PM
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Cant help you with your search, but can give you some helpful info. If you purchase your license after the 15th December, you can use 5 days this year, and 5 days next hunting year. If you purchase it prior to, you have to use all ten days up during this season...
Where can I find that info in print? thanks
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:55 AM
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Where can I find that info in print? thanks


its %64 from last year, not %54. down %76 from the 10 year average.

From what I've been seeing these numbers are even conservative... This is what happens when all the CRP is now farm ground. Sloughs are no longer, Pasture ground broken to farm, etc......

http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/small-game...t-outlook.aspx




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Old 09-11-2013, 03:18 PM
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a lot of those numbers come from the aberdeen area which has been hit hard the last few years with cold. One of my hunting areas got drowned out last year and barley saw any birds at all.

I probably will go road hunt again with my daughter and go on another trip to pierre area with some buddies and our kids.

Look around the Pierre/gettysburg and winner area. Last year I could still road hunt around there pretty easily.

Remember to all, shoot high so a dog or myself don't get mistaken for a bird.
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:05 AM
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its %64 from last year, not %54. down %76 from the 10 year average.

From what I've been seeing these numbers are even conservative...

http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/small-game...t-outlook.aspx



From what I seen hunting the Rez and scouting for 4days, it's very conservative.
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:29 PM
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Page 12 of the 2013 regulations states:

2013 licenses are valid from Dec 15th 2012 thru Jan 4th 2014

2014 licenses are valid from Dec 15th 2013 through Jan 4th 2015

In essence, by waiting to buy a license till after the 15th of December, 2013, you are actually purchasing a 2014 license that is good for the remaining 16 days in Dec 2013, all the way thru Jan 4th or 2015.. You can use all ten days of the 2014 license in 2013, or take 5 days this year, and 5 days next year, you just want to declare your last 5 days as the Dec 30-Jan 4th,2014 originally, and then reschedule it for when you can make the trip next season..
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