Rushmore isn’t the only thing that South Dakota is famous for; it’s
also famous for its state bird, the ring-necked pheasant. Strangely,
although this game bird abounds in the American West, it is native to
Asia and to the Balkans, as well as the northern Caucasus.
fact is, this beautiful game bird has been introduced all over the
world; it was successfully introduced to South Dakota in 1908. The
climate and terrain of the Dakotas was a natural fit for this tasty
game bird; now, South Dakota is known as the pheasant hunting capital
of the world.
Since 1919, pheasant hunting has become a tradition in South Dakota. Family and friends gather together the first weekend of the hunting season at any one of the great South Dakota pheasant hunting lodges. An abundant pheasant population and thousands of acres of public lands make hunting in South Dakota a unique experience.
hunting limits are quite generous; hunters are allowed to take three
rooster pheasants per day, and 15 birds total for the season. The
pheasant hunting season in South Dakota begins in mid-October and
ends in early January. a
South Dakota pheasant hunting lodge is not just a comfortable place
to stay, a good lodge can also provide you with a good habitat and
hunting guides. Some South Dakota pheasant hunting lodges raise and
release birds for the hunt. A lodge with a good habitat means there
is plenty of forage and cover to support a wild population of
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