Sage Grouse Management
The goal for sage grouse management in South Dakota is to monitor and maintain a sage grouse population and habitats consistent with the ecological, social, and aesthetics values of South Dakota citizens while addressing the concerns and issues of both residents and visitors of South Dakota.
Objectives listed in the South Dakota Sage Grouse Management Plan include:
- Monitor sage grouse on an annual basis to determine any changes in population status and distribution.
- Use current and past lek counts and harvest information to set the annual hunting season.
- Maintain the existing status and range of sagebrush habitat in South Dakota.
- Develop a list of research needs and prioritize on an annual basis.
- Determine the impacts and develop management responses to disease issues affecting sage grouse population.
- Develop a public outreach and educational plan that informs the public, landowners, and wildlife/conservation agencies on sage grouse management and the issues of highest concern.
LINKS TO RECENT SAGE GROUSE RESEARCH PROJECTS
FIGURES AND TABLES
Sage grouse distribution in western South Dakota. Counties with hash markings are those where leks have been identified and included in annual spring lek counts.
Number of active leks, males per active lek and total males counted on selected priority leks that have been counted each year 2005-2012.
The average number of males/lek derived from lek counts conducted in Butte, Harding, and Fall River County from 1990 -2012 using the leks chosen as priority leks to be counted on an annual basis.
Historical harvest data of sage grouse in South Dakota.