The Outdoor Forum is having a pheasant photo contest. The winning photograph will be featured as the cover shot of the October issue of Outdoor Forum, and a $100 cash prize will also be awarded to the winning photographer.
We are looking for pictures of pheasants, primarily roosters, in all their glory. Whether it's a shot of a pheasant exploding from cover or a successful hunt, we want to see some great pictures of pheasants alone or of you and your birds.
Contest entries are limited to digital files submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Outdoor Forum's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/odfmag.
By submitting an entry, photographers grant permission to the American News to publish submitted photographs in any of its publications and websites. Please include the name of the photographer with each submission.
Zastrow honored at writers' conference
Berdette Zastrow of Grenville and a regular contributor to the Farm Forum, American News and Outdoor Forum, recently received several awards during the annual Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers, or AGLOW, conference in Branson, Mo.
Zastrow was awarded first place in the newspaper, open category for the wildlife cold-case series she wrote for the American News.
She also received second place in the newspaper hunting category for a humor-filled column she wrote about turkey hunting.
Deer licenses reduced, refunds offered
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department has been monitoring die-offs of white-tailed deer across portions of the state and must make adjustments to some West River deer hunting units.
Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) has been confirmed in white-tailed deer, and many of the deer deaths being reported by the public are suspected to be the result of that disease.
In response to the disease, all unsold licenses will be removed from the following deer hunting units for the West River deer season: Bennett County: 11A-09 and 11B-17; Gregory County: 30A-19 and 30B-19; and Jackson County: 39B-09. In addition, 200 licenses will be removed for Meade County: 49B-09.
Hunters desiring a refund for a deer license should send their license, including all associated tags, to: GFP Licensing Office; 20641 SD Highway 1806; Fort Pierre, SD 57532.
EHD is common in white-tailed deer and is typically detected in late summer or early fall. The virus is spread by a biting midge and causes extensive internal hemorrhaging. Many deer exhibit no clinical signs and appear perfectly healthy, while others may have symptoms such as respiratory distress, fever, and swelling of the tongue. With highly virulent strains of the virus, deer can be dead within one to three days. In an attempt to combat the high fever, affected deer are often found in low-lying areas or near rivers, ponds and other waters.
GFP continues to ask individuals who see sick deer or find dead deer to contact their local conservation officer or call the Pierre office at 605-773-5913.
EHD is not infectious to humans. For more information on the EHD virus, visit gfp.sd.gov.
2012 PDR Youth Hunt
The PDR youth hunt began in 2008. Held in Clark, it allows young children with disabilities to enjoy a carefree weekend of hunting.
This year, the hunters harvested six deer in less than 24 hours, and success found each of the hunters in different ways.
Andre Bieber of Aberdeen shot his deer at 240 yards from his wheelchair, and the PDR's first female hunter, Mikayla Jones of Volga, had deer all around her. She was able laugh about how one deer made her dizzy as she spun around on her revolving seat trying to sight in the ambling deer. She never got a shot, but like the rest of the kids participating in the hunt, she had a great time enjoying the outdoors and forming the friendships that come from a day in the field.
For more information on the PDR hunt, go to pdryouthhunt.com.