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research projects

The Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, sometimes called the "Pittman-Robertson Act", provides federal aid to states for management and restoration of wildlife. South Dakota allocates part of its funding from this source to wildlife research.

These projects are completed to achieve the following objectives:

Current Research Projects

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STUDY NO.
TITLE
COMPLETION DATE
Determining impacts of mountain lions on bighorn sheep and other prey sources in the Black Hills.
June 2014
Evaluation of elk movement, nutritional condition, pregnancy rates, and calf survival in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota.
December 2014
Estimating population size of mountain lions using DNA markers.
June 2014
Estimating population size of deer in the Black Hills and an evaluation of fall classification surveys for deer and pronghorn in South Dakota.
June 2015
Estimating population size of deer in the Black Hills and an evaluation of fall classification surveys for deer and pronghorn in South Dakota.
June 2015
Assessing movements, survival, and recruitment of elk in the Southwestern Black Hills, South Dakota.
December 2014
Evaluating wetland-ecosystem health in the prairie pothole region of South Dakota using real-time nutrient dynamics of waterbirds.
June 2016
Evaluation of bobcat (Lynx rufus) survival, harvest, and population size in western South Dakota.
June 2016
Dietary preference and nutritional quality of annual forages planted during late summer for white-tailed deer in Eastern South Dakota.
June 2015
Evaluation of methods used to improve grasslands as pheasant brooding habitat.
June 2016
Population parameters of bighorn sheep inhabiting the Elk Mountain region of South Dakota and Wyoming.
June 2015
Evaluation of Anthraquinone as a deterrent to Canada goose damage on soybeans with possible application to other crops.
June 2015
Evaluation of the impacts of energy development on life history parameters and management of white-tailed deer in the Cedar Creek Anticline of southwestern North Dakota and northwestern South Dakota.
December 2016
Evaluation of Deadwood bighorn sheep herd translocation.
June 2017
Reassessing survival, movements, habitat selection, and aerial survey of pronghorn in northwestern South Dakota.
June 2017
The development of a SQL Server database and R software package to model deer populations in South Dakota.
June 2016
Effectiveness of Roundup ready alfalfa for nesting habitat and seedbed preparation.
June 2016

Completed Research Projects

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STUDY NO.
TITLE
COMPLETION DATE
Spent shot availability, distribution, ingestion, and survival by ring-necked pheasants in South Dakota.
June 2014
Movement patterns, survival, and sightability of mule deer in central and western South Dakota.
February 2014
Seasonal movements of elk relative to management unit boundaries in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
January 2011
Avian nest densities and success in state highway roadsides in South Dakota.
November 2003
Survival, spatial ecology and habitat use of male ring-necked pheasants in South Dakota.
May 2003
Survival and productivity of wild and pen-reared ring-necked pheasants in South Dakota.
February 1993
Spatial ecology, land use, harvest, and the effect of dog training on sympatric greater prairie-chickens and sharp-tailed grouse on the Fort Pierre National Grasslands, South Dakota.
December 2008
Inventory of nesting raptors in South Dakota.
2011
Survival, reproduction, home range, and habitat use of translocated eastern wild turkeys in the Wessington Hills, South Dakota.
July 2009
Seasonal movements, home ranges, and survival of white-tailed deer and mule deer in the southern Black Hills, South Dakota.
October 2005

IN ADDITION: Theses and dissertations from research projects funded by South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks and completed by researchers at South Dakota State University can be found at: