Well no birds for me in SD this year, first time in the past 4 years I haven't tagged one. Had opportunities, but they just didn't work out. I would agree that bird numbers were down. We probably saw / heard a third of the birds we normally do out there. That being said, there were still a few gobblers around. I had a tom within range each day of the hunt, but never had a clear shot. Passed on a couple of jakes as well. It was still a great trip. The weather was fantastic, the best in several years, and when you did find a bird they were pretty cooperative. I called in and held conversations with more hens then I ever have before, and that is always entertaining. Because of the low bird numbers we REALLY put on a lot of miles each day. Covering ground was key. Two of the four hunters in our group ended up filling tags. There seem to be plenty of hens around, and this spring has been excellent for nesting out there. If we can get a few more average to mild winters bird numbers should rebound nicely.