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Pheasant Summit participants will get survey

FORT PIERRE — A state Game, Fish and Parks Department official said Friday that hosting the governor’s pheasant summit last month cost about $13,000 and the GF&P’s piece will be about $4,000.

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Those costs were in addition to the time worked by about 50 GF&P employees, according to Tony Leif, director for the state Wildlife Division.

Leif told members of the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission that five organizations paid $1,000 apiece to cosponsor the event. He said Pheasants Forever agreed to split the remaining $8,000 of expenses with GF&P.

More than 600 people registered for the summit in Huron and some 400 attended. The program was also shown online by South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

Leif said the participants are receiving a survey this week that asks them to pick the most important item to pursue. There are 19 pages of suggestions from which to choose.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed a 13-member working group to draft a plan for June delivery on improving pheasant populations in South Dakota.