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Pick your spots to hunt -- Chamberlain is solid; Mitchell, Winner are decent

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State wildlife biologists and conservation officers spotted more pheasants along roads in every region of South Dakota during the annual route surveys conducted from July 25 through Aug. 15 this year than they did in 2013.

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However, just a handful of the regions — Sisseton, Sioux Falls and Yankton — showed more birds per mile this summer than in 2012.

Here are snapshots of GF&P found in each region during the 2014 brood routes, grouped by our subjective adjectives of solid, decent and so-so.

Solid

Chamberlain (Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix north, Gregory north, Lyman, Tripp north and Aurora counties) — The 10 routes averaged 6.55 pheasants per mile, up from last year’s 2.66 and below the 10-year average of 14.38.

Pierre (Hughes, Jones, Lyman, Potter south, Stanley, Hyde-Hand south and Sully counties) — The 12 routes averaged 5.20 pheasants per mile, up from last year’s 2.15 and below the 10-year average of 9.16.

Decent

Winner (Tripp, Gregory, Lyman south, Jones south, Mellette and Todd counties) — The eight routes averaged 3.78 pheasants per mile, up from last year’s 2.0 and below the 10-year average of 7.33.

Mobridge (Campbell, Corson, Dewey, Potter north and central, and Walworth counties) — The eight routes averaged 3.59 pheasants per mile, up from last year’s 2.12 and below the 10-year average of 6.88.

Mitchell (Davison, Hanson, Charles Mix central, Douglas, Aurora, Hutchinson north and west, Jerauld, McCook, Miner and Sanborn counties) — The 16 routes averaged 3.04 pheasants per mile, up from last year’s 2.00 and below the 10-year average of 5.97.

Aberdeen (Brown, Marshall, Day, Edmunds, Faulk, Spink north and central, and McPherson counties) — The 14 routes averaged 2.74 pheasants per mile, up from last year’s 1.70 and below the 10-year average of 6.11.

Huron (Hand north and central, Beadle, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Sanborn, Miner, Clark south, and Spink south and central counties) — The 17 routes averaged 2.92 pheasants per mile, up from last year’s 2.04 and below the 10-year average of 7.32.

So-so

Yankton (Yankton, Charles Mix south, Bon Homme, Clay, Turner-Hutchinson west and south, and Union counties) — The 10 routes averaged 1.36 pheasants per mile, up from last year’s 0.68 and below the 10-year average of 1.40.

Brookings (Brookings, Deuel south, Hamlin south and central, Kingsbury, Lake north and Moody counties) — The 11 routes averaged 1.16 pheasants per mile, up from last year’s 0.77 and below the 10-year average of 3.89.

Watertown (Codington, Clark, Deuel, Grant and Hamlin counties) — The 12 routes averaged 1.21 pheasants per mile, up from last year’s 0.77 and below the 10-year average of 4.63.

Sioux Falls (Minnehaha, Turner-Hutchinson north, Lake, Lincoln, McCook and Moody counties) — The 13 routes averaged 1.06 pheasants per mile, up from last year’s 0.90 and below the 10-year average of 2.14.

Sisseton (Grant, Day north, Marshall and Roberts counties) — The five routes averaged 0.77 pheasants per mile, up from last year’s 0.56 and below the 10-year average of 1.94.

Western (Bennett, Haakon, Perkins, Butte and Fall River counties) — While generally not pheasant territory, there are pockets. The five routes averaged 1.53 pheasants per mile, up from last year’s 1.01 and below the 10-year average of 2.68.

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