World News – United States – South Dakota: The Outdoors Is Open And So Is Pheasant Season


PIERRE, Sré – Last weekend, South Dakota’s traditional pheasant season opener welcomed more than 13,000 non-resident licensed hunters to the fields and nearly 7,000 licensed hunters

« We’ve heard reports from across the state that people and families in South Dakota and many other states are enjoying cooler fall weather and hunting those roosters, » said Kelly Hepler , Secretary of South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks « It’s amazing to know this tradition is alive and well. We love seeing people enjoy this historic outdoor opportunity in a safe way while sharing it with others to make sure that the next generation is able to carry on the external legacy of our state »

Reports from the field were positive, indicating higher bird populations than in previous years.However, it was South Dakota hospitality that took center stage, with hotels filling up around the corner. approach of the opener

“Hotels and lodges have seen their bookings increase in recent weeks,” said Karen Kern, executive director of South Dakota Missouri River Tourism “The guests were so happy to be back in South Dakota – they love the great outdoors and the fresh air Tom Steinhouser of Platte Creek Lodge said hunters love South Dakota and our great people so much that sometimes the hunt is second! Having an amazing time with old and new friends is really at the heart of pheasant hunting in our state « 

“Pheasant hunting is a matter of tradition for so many families and friends who have become family members,” said Casey Weismantel, executive director of the Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau “We love hear stories of lore and hunts that are more like family reunions We never know what Mother Nature has in store for us for opening weekend, but we always know there will be thousands of families who will enjoy of a great tradition around pheasant hunting! « 

Owner of Double P Ranch Dr Cyrus Mahmoodi paid tribute to the leadership of Governor Noem for the successful year of his operation

“We would like to thank Governor Kristi Noem for her leadership,” he said “Even though we have seen a record number of cancellations due to the pandemic, these places were quickly filled with the resurgence of people interested in visiting South Dakota for hunting and fishing We’re having one of our best hunting and fishing seasons in recent memory Well done! « 

With a harvest well above the 15-year average, hunters will continue to see opportunities to capture birds throughout the season, especially with the season extended through January 31 and the possibilities increase. of public land

“South Dakota has 11 million acres of public hunting land in the heart of South Dakota’s pheasant chain,” Secretary Hepler said. “These are great opportunities for public access to pheasant hunting « 

The Walk-in Area program, which is private land leased by GFP for hunting to the public, added 35,102 new acres in 2019 So far in 2020, over 8,000 new acres have been added

« We have a lot to look forward to for the rest of the pheasant season, » said Hepler. « Without a doubt, South Dakota is the best place in the country to hunt pheasants »

Kristi Noem, Governor of South Dakota

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