While the summer road survey shows pheasant numbers down, hunters should still have a good chance at success this fall.
The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department Board got an update Friday on the brood count released last month that showed a forty five percent drop in birds in the roadside survey.
Game biologist Travis Runia says the numbers look somewhat similar to 2013
Runia says the traditional hunting areas have the majority of birds
Runia says dry conditions came very early in most nesting areas
Runia also pointed to a big drop in CRP acres, which is prime nesting for pheasants.