by Mobridge Tourism ~ October 21, 2009
Oct. 15, 2009
PIERRE, S.D. – Pheasants have thrived in South Dakota for more than a century, and with this year’s traditional season opener just around the corner the state is preparing to greet outdoorsmen and women from around the globe for world-class hunting experiences.
“Fall in South Dakota would not be complete without the cackle of ring-necked pheasants flushing from the fields,” said Gov. Mike Rounds. “This is a special time of year for residents across the state as they welcome family and friends for another fine hunting season.”
The traditional pheasant season begins Oct. 17, and communities are rolling out the “orange carpet” with various activities and welcome-back events for hunters, their families and friends. The South Dakota Office of Tourism’s fall campaign, Rooster Rush, encourages communities to celebrate the lengthy tradition and fervent passion for the annual pheasant hunt.
South Dakota continues to have the highest rating for pheasant hunting in the nation. This year’s pheasant brood count represents the fourth-highest statewide bird census in the past 45 years. The state has sustained good pheasant populations in the past several years because of the quality habitat provided by the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Whether hunters come to the state this weekend or late in the season, they have a good chance of bagging their limits.
“From the community activities to the abundance of birds, the excitement and enthusiasm of our residents and non-residents is high,” said Melissa Bump, director of the South Dakota Office of Tourism. “We believe it’s going to be another great year of hunting and family tradition in South Dakota.”
For more information about hunting around Mobridge, South Dakota, please contact the Mobridge Chamber of Commerce at 605-845-2387, or find them on the web at www.mobridge.org.