Pheasant habitat workgroup report says state needs to invest in conservation practices

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SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — A working group established by Gov. Dennis Daugaard has released recommendations for protecting the state's pheasant population by increasing and supporting habitat conservation practices in the state.

The governor's Pheasant Habitat Work Group report lays out eight key recommendations. The report was compiled from public input the committee heard in meetings around the state.

The recommendations include creating a creating a state-run habitat conservation fund that should start with at least $1 million in public funding. It also suggests the governor should petition the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make 24 counties in the state eligible for crop insurance on winter wheat.

The state's pheasant population has declined over the past several years, but the most recent tally of young pheasants found the birds were up this year.

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