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South Dakota Pheasant Habitat Work Group Members Selected

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South Dakota is examining ways to maintain and enhance existing pheasant habitat as well as increase pheasant habitat in South Dakota. Flickr Creative Commons photo

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard announced the members of a work group tasked with examining strategies for developing pheasant habitat in South Dakota. The group includes Tim Kessler of Aberdeen, who serves on Pheasants Forever’s Board of Directors, and is a former South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission chair.

The pheasant habitat work group continues the efforts Gov. Daugaard began last month with the first ever Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Summit in Huron.

Coming off the successful Pheasant Habitat Summit, the biggest question was “What’s next?” Pheasants Forever applauds Governor Daugaard for continuing the momentum of the summit and the state’s aggressive efforts to examine upland habitat solutions.

“Pheasant habitat and agriculture enjoy a symbiotic relationship in South Dakota,” Gov. Daugaard said. “The work group will look for practical ways we can solidify our status as the world’s greatest pheasant hunting destination while supporting agriculture – our number one industry.”

The thirteen pheasant habitat work group members are:

  • Pam Roberts, Pierre (Chair) – retired Secretary of SD Department of Labor and Regulation
  • Barry Dunn, Brookings – dean, College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at SDSU
  • Tim Kessler, Aberdeen – Pheasants Forever Board of Directors, former GFP Commission chair
  • Mary Duvall, Pierre – District 24 state representative
  • Jason Frerichs, Wilmot – farmer, Senate Minority Leader, District 1 state senator
  • John Cooper, Pierre – GFP commissioner, former GFP Secretary
  • Steve Halverson, Kennebec – farmer, owner of Halverson Hunts
  • Jan Nicolay, Chester – former state representative, conservation advocate
  • Jeff Zimprich, Huron – USDA-NRCS state director
  • Doug Deiter, Faulkton – farmer
  • Jeff Vonk, Pierre – GFP Secretary
  • Lucas Lentsch, Pierre – SD Secretary of Agriculture
  • Nathan Sanderson, Pierre – Governor’s policy advisor for agriculture and GFP

The pheasant habitat work group will develop recommendations to the Governor that focus on practical solutions for maintaining and improving pheasant habitat. The work group will meet periodically through June, with a final report completed in late summer 2014.

Members of the public may submit ideas for encouraging pheasant habitat development to pheasanthabitat@state.sd.us. All submissions will be considered by the work group.


PF Applauds Gov. Daugaard for Successful Pheasant Habitat Summit

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2 Responses to “South Dakota Pheasant Habitat Work Group Members Selected”

  1. James Kropenske says:

    Eliminate the herbicides, pesticides, promote organic farming methods, set aside programs, Pheasant restoration programs which include raising chicks for release in less populated areas.
    I for one would also support a added sportsman’s fee for habitat and supporting game population.
    Protect grasslands as much as possible early cutting before early July destroys nests. Chicks also need that early morning dew or other moisture to survive. Raising in the wild might be more costly than promoting pheasant farms and provide better controlled environment and elements.
    Some service clubs and organizations including Scouts might assist in raising broods. Perhaps GF&P would consider setting up a test program in a “Walk In Area” or other GF&P grounds which are near State Park camping areas. Example: Snake Creek or Buryanek have excellent habit area. Offer free camping for husband/wife or family that would in return do the labor for the management of raising the chicks, feed, water, portable pens. All under the guidance of local Conservation officers. Many full time RV’rs look for work camping and many are sportsmen like myself.

  2. Roosterblaster says:

    I like most of your ideas James except the raising birds for release. Put all your efforts in habitat because pen raised pheasants are a non starter.


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