South Dakota’s pheasant hunting season begins in two weeks and the numbers look more than promising.
According to the Game, Fish and Parks Department, last year’s season was spectacular in South Dakota, with hunters collecting over a million birds. While 2020 was incredible, the department says 2021 is shaping up to be even better. A mild winter as well as a dry spring and summer contributed to a potentially record number of pheasants.
Pheasant hunting in South Dakota is a long-standing tradition for many hunters across the country and the Midwest. Some believe the state could see even more hunters out of state this year due to its loose pandemic rules, KELO-TV reported.
“I think South Dakota is going to be a really big magnet for hunters this year again, we’re going to stay open and that’s a really big thing,” said hunter Alex Jensen as he shot some pigeons in the field. clay at the Hunters Pointe Shooting Complex near Humboldt. “We’re going to use it as a way to bring people here for tourism and simply as a good opportunity for economic development. “
With a record number of pheasants this year, officials expect businesses to thrive; which will be good news for some of the bars, restaurants and hotels that have struggled.
South Dakota’s pleasant season runs from October 16 to January 31.