Successful 2010 pheasant opener reported

Pheasant hunters walk public land Saturday near Arrmour. (Photo by Seth Tupper)From the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks:

Mother Nature greeted South Dakota’s hunters with ideal temperatures, blue skies and moderate breezes for Saturday’s opening of the traditional pheasant season.

“We really couldn’t have asked for a much better day to open our pheasant season,” said South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Wildlife Director, Tony Leif. “Dry weather has helped move the fall crop harvest along and concentrate a good crop of birds in the remaining cover. It was a successful day and it will only get better from here.”

Successful reports came in from many parts of the state.  In the northeastern portion of South Dakota, hunters had varied success.

Hunting pressure was actually fairly light,” said GFP Region 4 Game Manager Scott Lindgren.  “From east to west, hunters averaged about ½ a bird per hunter to limits in the west.  I expected a few more reports of good success across the region, as a majority of the beans and about half of the corn has been harvested, but hunters found success in CRP, food plots and stripped corn fields. “

In the central portion of the state, hunter success was a little higher.  “Central South Dakota hunters averaged about 2-3 birds per hunter,” said Region 2 Game Manager Andy Lindbloom.  “Our crop harvest is well ahead of last year. Combine that with good weather and good weather, and that made for full bird bags. With a dry forecast for this week, Lindbloom said hunting should only get better.

In the Southeastern portion of the state, hunters found good success in Beadle, Sandborn, Aurora, Jerauld and  Minor counties, with 2-3 birds being the average. “Many bigger groups hunting found good success hunting corn strips and had limits by 3 pm,” said Region 3 Game Manager Ron Schauer. “Further south and east  hunters averaged 1-2 birds per person.  Many of those areas still have around 70 percent of the corn in the fields, so I expect hunting to only get better.”

All three game managers reported fewer violations and accidents compared to last year, as well as slightly lighter hunting pressure than in previous years.

The South Dakota pheasant season will run until January 2nd, 2011.  Hunters are allowed 3 rooster pheasants a day.  For more information on the South Dakota pheasant season, visit:

Categories: General News, Wildlife
Tags: Hunting, Pheasant

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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