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SUBMITTED REPORT: November 13, 2013
South Dakota was a bit tuff as the grain/corn, for the most part, was still standing in the fields or was in the process of being combined; and that fact combined with overall bird numbers being down made for some tuff hunting. But still, we limited every day. Typically hunting from Noon (typical start time for opening week) right up till dark. The noon start also hampered us getting to birds before they got off their roosts and into the standing grain for the day at sunrise. Cover was again good and we averaged seeing 10-15 roosters along with 10-20 hens a day. I'd rate 2013 as being fair to good. We primarily hunted private leases and that is where we found bird numbers to be acceptable. The walk-ins we walked/hunted outside of our time on the leases were hunted hard by the public and bird numbers were typically low and the birds wary - typically they'd get up well out of shotgun range and they were few in number.
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