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Published October 19, 2009, 03:30 PM

Standing crops hurt hunter success

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — State Game, Fish and Parks officials say two weeks of precipitation before the opening weekend of South Dakota's pheasant season helped limit the places where hunters could chase their wily prey.

By: Associated Press, Worthington Daily Globe

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — State Game, Fish and Parks officials say two weeks of precipitation before the opening weekend of South Dakota's pheasant season helped limit the places where hunters could chase their wily prey.

The weather cleared up Saturday and Sunday, but game officials say hunter numbers were down quite a bit. The GF&P says hunters realize that South Dakota farmers are behind in getting their crops harvested due to the recent soggy weather.

Hunters in Edmunds and McPherson counties averaged a bird and a half each. In other parts of the northeast, the average was about one-half bird per hunter.

The GF&P says hunters found success in CRP, sloughs, food plots and tree belts.

Several accidents were reported, including an Aurora County hunter struck in the face by four pellets.

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