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Pheasant opener nothing out of the ordinary

In 1919, pheasant hunters celebrated the first South Dakota pheasant hunting season by bagging 200 birds in two days. Nearly 100 years later, the tradition and the number of bagged roosters has grown immensely.

According to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, the average bird count in the Central Region of the state was one per hunter with better bird per hunter numbers to the south. “Most hunters said they were seeing more birds than last year,” according to Ross Scott, GFP regional game manager. Lots of standing corn/crops throughout the region and wet conditions in a few southern counties were reported.


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