Pierre, SD -(Ammoland.com)- Cities and towns rolled out the orange carpet to pheasant hunters for the traditional pheasant season opener.
While the annual pheasant brood survey showed a decrease in the statewide index from 2015, hunters were successful across the state and made memories to last a lifetime.
“Standing crops were an obstacle in some areas, but hunters found decent bird numbers across the state,” said South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Secretary Kelly Hepler. “The tradition of the opening day of South Dakota’s pheasant season is special. Whether it’s a first time hunter putting their first rooster in their game bag, or a grizzled vet meeting up with long-time friends and sharing a hunt, this is what we live for”.
Reports from across the state indicate the following:
South Dakota’s traditional statewide pheasant hunting season has begun and runs through Jan. 1, 2017. If individuals have yet to purchase their hunting license, they can do so online or at any local licensing agent. For more information, please visit http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/smal
See what memories are being made by visiting our #SDintheField page. Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to share their photos and videos with us using #SDintheField and take part in the tradition; not only in the field, but in the online conversations as well.
About The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (SDGFP):
The purpose of the Department of Game, Fish and Parks is to perpetuate, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance South Dakota’s wildlife resources, parks, and outdoor recreational opportunities for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the people of this state and its visitors, and to give the highest priority to the welfare of this state’s wildlife and parks, and their environment, in planning and decisions.
For more information, visit: gfp.sd.gov.
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