The months when ditches can be moved along state highways in South Dakota shouldn’t change said the state transportation commission.
A pheasant work habitat work group that was convened a year ago suggested that populations of the game birds might benefit from tighter restrictions on mowing.
The thought was that fewer nests would be destroyed during early summer when the hens are hatching their eggs and in the weeks afterward when the broods of new chicks are sticking close.
The current rule states: “No mowing the right of way may begin in the west river counties of Gregory, Lyman or Tripp before June 15 and east of the Missouri River before July 10.”
A motion was made to leave the rule unchanged. The decision was unanimous on a voice vote.