BOOM, BOOM, BOOM! The first rooster of the season flew away unharmed. Since I wasn’t the one doing the shooting I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the season. We made sure to let the unnamed shooter hear about it too.
For the past 6 years I have been fortunate enough to hunt with my wife’s family on their land near Presho, SD. It is 360 acres of bird heaven! They provide the birds with the best food and cover year after year and the results have shown it. It is truly a “wild” bird hunters dream.
I must say I started a little slow this year firing off five shots at three birds and nothing to show for it. I like to tell my father-in-law those birds were too young to take home anyway. Haha.
I did redeem myself a little as I killed four of the next five wiley roosters that flew my way. We managed to get our 60 birds in a little less than 2 hours and three total walks.
Are bird numbers down? Maybe, but after seeing first hand the number of birds we kicked up, hunters have no reason to be worried about finding birds.
I like to remind everyone that the “numbers” put out this year are being compared to back to back record years. Trust me folks there is no shortage of pheasants throughout South Dakota.
Look forward to seeing everyone out in the fields.
In a few short days, old friends will reunite and families will gather for what South Dakotans consider the best “holiday” of the year, The Pheasant Opener!
I’ve lived in South Dakota my entire life, so I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in this “holiday” weekend for many years. Since moving to Pierre, SD, from my hometown of Hurley, SD, my annual routine has changed a bit as I now hunt with my in-laws and some close friends near Presho, SD. The point of the hunt is still the same though; have fun, make sure your buddy knows when he misses and be safe!
With over 5 million acres of public hunting land and undoubtedly the highest number of wild pheasants per square mile, South Dakotais primed for another great hunting season. Enjoy and safe hunting!
Well, the brood counts are in and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks counted an average of 6.32 pheasants per mile in 2009 as part of its annual pheasant brood survey. This is the fourth highest statewide count in the past 45 years.
So it looks to be another good year even though the statewide index has decreased from last year, the 2009 statewide pheasant per mile count is 13 percent higher than the 10-year average.
And trust me, there are plenty of birds to be hunted this season. Just driving around on the country roads right now, a person can figure that one out!
Another key point to keep in mind is that our state has sustained good pheasant populations over the past several years due to the quality habitat of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP land).
Get ready for another good year of pheasant hunting in South Dakota!
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Well, it is getting to be that time of year again when the summer comes to an end, kids head back to school, the days get shorter and fall sets in. However, with the unseasonably cool weather we have been having throughout the state this summer; I feel it is going to be a smooth transition. And the only thing I can look forward to right now is the upcoming pheasant hunting season.
Pheasant hunting is a lifestyle in South Dakota. It brings strangers, old friends and families together for a great time in the outdoors. It is an exciting time for everyone in South Dakota as we welcome visitors from other states and show them a good time, with true Midwestern hospitality.
Late season hunt at the Sargent Ranch
For me, it means being with family and friends and truly taking in all that the outdoors has to offer here. I could not imagine living anywhere else, especially during the fall. I typically hunt around the Pierre area with friends and make it back to the Watertown area to hunt with my dad and our yellow lab, Dakota. The roosters are all over and this year is expected to be another high bird count. The pre-season population and expected bird count for 2009 will be compiled around mid-September.
Jenna and Emily
Joey Hockett and Emily Currey hunting after work
While pheasant hunting alone is enough to bring many hunters and families together to experience the tradition, this year there is even more to get excited about. The South Dakota Office of Tourism is partnering with communities across the state to throw out the red carpet for hunters and really show off our Midwest hospitality. We are calling it Rooster Rush and will be giving away a guided pheasant hunt with Minnesota Viking Chad Greenway (Mount Vernon native) in March 2010 at Grand Ciel Lodge near Plankinton. Enter for your chance to win today!
As most everyone knows, the season begins in October with a resident youth hunt October 3-7 on both public and private lands, following that is the 3-day resident opener October 10-12 on public land only, then the statewide opener on October 17-January 3, 2010.
After the Hunt
So get ready, be safe and have fun. I know I am looking forward to it all!
See you in the field,