Habitat

The pheasant is not only important in South Dakota for its cultural value, but also for what it contributes to the economy. In 2015, more than 150 thousand hunters harvested more than one point two million pheasants in South Dakota. Nearly 85 thousand hunters came from out of state. They poured millions of dollars into local economies. South Dakota isn’t a pheasant destination by accident.

Waiting To Mow Ditches Helps Protect Pheasant Nests

Jun 20, 2016

Governor Dennis Daugaard is reminding East River landowners to wait to mow ditches along the state highway system until July 10th. He says holding off on mowing is helpful for the pheasant population.

GF&P: Grassland Important For Pheasant Habitat

Jun 6, 2016
Matthew Grunig, SD GF&P

South Dakota’s Revised Pheasant Management Plan is ready for implementation. It guides pheasant management over the next five years. The plan focuses on habitat, especially on private land.

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks department is launching four weeks of workshops called Habitat University. Andy Gabbert is a resource biologist with GFP. He talks about efforts to match landowners with the right resources for providing winter cover, food plots, native grass seedlings, and more.

habitat.sd.gov

A new initiative aims to help South Dakota landowners maintain wildlife habitat on their property. Habitat Pays is a joint venture between the state departments of Agriculture and Game Fish and Parks.

Dakota Midday: Pollinator Habitat

Sep 9, 2015

Pete Berthelsen, Director of Habitat Partnerships for Pheasants Forever, joined Dakota Midday guest host Joe Tlustos to talk about the importance of pollinator habitat, changes happening to South Dakota's landscape and considerations for pollinator habitat within the context of wildlife habitat and farming practices.  Berthelsen, a wildlife biologist with more than 30 years of experience, brings his expertise and insight to South Dakota State University in a presentation tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the McFadden Biostress Lab.

GF&P Aims To Bump Up Elk Population

Apr 8, 2015
Wind Cave National Park / National Park Service

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Department wants to increase the number of elk in the Black Hills.

Currently officials estimate the Black Hills wintertime elk population at about 6,300.  They hope to boost that to 7,000 over the next five years. 

Chad Switzer is with the Game Fish and Parks Department in Pierre.   Switzer says the elk population is growing.  

He says officials want to keep that growth in check with increased hunting this spring.

Pheasants Forever

Concern over the loss of habitat has led the Twin Cities-based conservation group Pheasants Forever to open its first regional office in South Dakota. The group’s long-time vice president of government affairs, Dave Nomsen, opened new state headquarters in Brookings this week and has started his new role as Pheasants Forever’s first South Dakota Director. Nomsen is a graduate of South Dakota State University and served on the faculty of the wildlife department. He’s been with Pheasants Forever since 1992.

Creating A New Fish Habitat

Feb 20, 2014

Kyle Potter of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department has been instrumental in creating a new fish habitat that uses recycled Christmas trees. Last Saturday, GF&P employees and local community members placed more than 60 Christmas trees into cement in a warehouse near the Oahe Dam. In March, the trees will be dropped into the water near Farm Island to create more desirable fish habitat.