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LETTER: Important to protect SD’s pheasants

To the Editor:

We appreciate the story (“Habitat group drafting recommendations”) updating readers on the progress of the Pheasant Habitat Working Group. I don’t think it can be overstated how important this group’s work is to the future of South Dakota and the Mitchell area in particular.

We are rapidly losing our pheasant habitat, and if nothing is done to stop and reverse the decline, we will likely reach a point of no return in terms of healthy pheasant population. We are already feeling the economic impact of declining pheasant numbers and that will get far worse unless effective steps are taken to reverse the decline. I am hopeful the Pheasant Habitat Working Group will come out with smart, workable and effective recommendations that will rebuild our pheasant population once again.