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EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. -- When Brian and Michelle Nelson took over the Red River Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever in 2005, they faced the challenge of reviving a chapter in a region with no pheasants, no habitat for pheasants and no prospects for having a sustainable wild population of the popular game birds.
Tall order, that.
So, instead of focusing on pheasants and habitat, the East Grand Forks couple and their six kids rolled up their sleeves and went to work on fundraising, selling raffle tickets and recruiting volunteers to help them raise money for hunter education programs, youth trapshooting teams and other kids' outdoor learning initiatives.
PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks is hoping to add some flower power across the state.
Brian Pauly -- a GF&P private lands habitat biologist -- said his department is promoting a new seed mix this year for a program that promotes planting food plots for wildlife.
The new mix is a nine-species blend of flowering cover crops that, according to Pauly, will provide brooding habitat for insects.
GRAND FORKS -- Following the trend in neighboring states, pheasant numbers are up in North Dakota, and that’s good news for hunters going into Saturday’s pheasant opener.
“I think it’s going to be a lot better than last year definitely,” said Matt Olson, regional biologist for Pheasants Forever in Lisbon, N.D.
Tim Kessler readily admits South Dakota's pheasant hunting is at a critical point in state history.
"We're getting close to a tipping point in habitat going too far the wrong direction, and if we get too severe of a loss, our pheasant numbers will be too far down to rebuild," said Kessler, a member of Pheasants Forever's National Board of Directors. "We've lost 1.5 million acres of grassland in South Dakota since our height in the mid-2000s because of conversion to cropland. If we continue to have that kind of loss in grass, it will make it extremely hard to have the pheasants to come back.”
Every late-season pheasant hunter loves this sweet moment: The air is sharp. The sky is wide and blue. And as always in South Dakota, the anticipation of seeing roosters painted against that sky is palpable.
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