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The winter has been an easy one so far which bodes well for our Pheasant and Deer populations. We have about 5 inches of snow on the ground and the temps have been mild, especially for January.

The booking season has begun and we are now taking reservations for Spring Snow Goose Hunts, Pheasant Hunts, Archery Deer Hunts, and Buffalo Hunts. We are looking forward to seeing all of our past clients as well as some new ones this fall!

Please note that we do have some days available in Late March for our Preserve Pheasant Hunts. You can combo this with a Snow Goose Hunt which ensures a full day of hunting! We have some great rates on this combo. Contact me at 605-380-9971 or via email at info@northernplainsoutfitters.com

2011 Pheasant Winterkill and Pheasant Outlook

It looks like winter may finally be behind us. The Pheasants did pretty well throughout the winter but we did lose a few to the tough winter. Many areas in South Dakota had high percentages of winter kill but I would estimate our’s to be around 10% which really isn’t bad based on how bad the winter was. With a good hatch this spring, numbers should be strong again this fall.

10% Winter Kill is also the number of deer we lost in our area. Most of the deer we have seen that have died from the winter were fawns from the previous spring.

We have been looking for sheds as of late and have found more good sheds than ever, so this fall looks to be great again for the archery hunters. If you haven’t booked your hunt with Northern Plains Outfitters yet, you should do so quickly as we are 90% full on all of our hunts. Email us at info@northernplainsoutfitters.com to reserve your dates.

2010 Pheasant Broods Report

We are starting to see great numbers of of Pheasant Broods with up to 15 chicks in 1 brood. So far the weather has been pretty good except for the amount of rain we have been receiving, but good rain, makes great cover, which in turn makes Great Pheasant Hunting!

Call Shannon Yeske at 605-380-9971 or email me at info@northernplainsoutfitters.com, to see what dates are still available.

2010 Pheasant Winterkill & Pheasant Outlook

Winter is OVER! Thank God, as it sure seemed liked it lasted a long time. The Pheasants made it through the winter pretty well in our area. The Game and Fish estimated that in our area Winter Kill was minimal but other areas in the state weren’t so lucky. Some counties are down almost 40%. We fed the birds corn throughout the winter so it made for a much easier time finding something to eat. The Deer also faired well. We have some great bucks that made it through last year’s hunting season so we are looking forward to a Great Fall! We will putting out our New Moultrie Trail Cams out on May 1st and will post the first pictures around May 10th so make sure you check back weekly for updates. Also, if you haven’t booked your hunt yet, call me as soon as possible as 85% of our Pheasant Season is booked and 90% of our Archery Deer Season is also booked. We still have a few openings for Buffalo Hunts this winter but they are going fast as well. Call me at 605-380-9971 or email me at info@northernplainsoutfitters.com, to see what dates are still available.

2009 Pheasant Nesting & Pheasant Outlook

The Pheasants have been nesting as of late and we are just starting to see some chicks over the last couple days. Along with this, the bred does from last fall are now having fawns and we have some great Scouting Cam Photos that we will be updating over the next couple weeks of not only the new arrivals but of some very impressive bucks over mineral stations. We are very excited for this upcoming fall! The Pheasants are very plentiful so far and the deer seem to be everywhere. This is normal as the cover is minimal right now. It will be a Great Fall! If you haven’t booked already, we urge you to do so soon as we are almost full for all of our hunts. Call Shannon at 605-380-9971 to reserve your dates.

Winterkill on Pheasants Minimal

It looks like a LONG winter is slowly coming to an end. Today we reached a high of 44 degrees and it rained about a 1/2 inch. You don’t see rain very often in February! We lost alot of snow because of the rain which is great news as it will help all of the wildlife in the area obtain food much easier. So far, it looks as though winterkill on the Pheasants is minimal. We had a couple blizzards in December and January but it appears that the birds made it through pretty well. The key is having your food plots close to winter cover. If the birds have to travel more than a couple hundred yards to eat, there is always that chance they can get caught out if the weather turns bad. As for the Deer, they are always pretty hardy. Based on the amount of corn that was still standing through December, alot of good bucks made it through all of the hunting seasons which is great news for our Archery hunters that are coming out this fall. We look for this fall to be our most successful yet