No matter what numbers are reported for the state’s pheasant population, the opening weekend is considered by many to be a local holiday. This year marks the 102nd season for pheasant hunting in South Dakota and the first that hunters will be able to hunt starting at 10 a.m. rather than waiting until noon on the opening day. This season has also been extended by the SD Game, Fish and Parks Commission to hunt ringnecks through Jan. 31 of next year. The daily bag limit remains at three roosters for the regular statewide season, although that number to harvest is unrestricted on private shooting preserves.
Reports from area farmers indicated that the pheasant numbers look good this year, with plenty of habitat and a good nesting season to get the birds started. Although the fall harvest is in full swing, there is still ample cover for the birds, so hunters may have to work for the hunt.
While visitors to Potter County can always look forward to a good hunt, there’s much more to the hunting trip than just the kill. Businesses around the area have food and fun available to keep visitors entertained after they come in from the field.
Potter County emergency crews remind hunters to use firearm safety and be sure to ask landowner permission before hunting on private land. The conditions throughout the county have been dry this fall, so hunters are reminded to be mindful of fire safety.
Check out the ads throughout the paper and on the back page of this week’s edition to find everything needed for a happy hunt, along with places to eat and relax during your stay in Gettysburg.