Watch: Hunting Wild Pheasants in a Winter Wonderland – South Dakota 2020

From 2000 to around 2012, the highlight of my year was the week I hunted in South Dakota. That was back during peak pheasant (see chart below), and it was to see a few hundred of those birds a day along with dozens of sharptails and huns.

SOUTH DAKOTA PHEASANT HUNTERS AND AVERAGE SEASON HARVEST 1980-2019
SOUTH DAKOTA PHEASANT HUNTERS AND AVERAGE SEASON HARVEST 1980-2019

Most years I went out for the season opener in October. One year I held off until November, once the crops were out of the fields all the hunters had gone home.

The day after I arrived, temperatures dropped from the 50s to the 20s and a blizzard  rolled in and buried us. I spent the rest of the week hunting in conditions like you see in this video. I had a 12g Fox Sterlingworth and a chocolate Lab named Jack. For four days, we had thousands of acres of land, and thousands and thousands of pheasants, to ourselves.

Hunting Wild Pheasants in a Winter Wonderland - South Dakota 2020
Hunting Wild Pheasants in a Winter Wonderland – South Dakota 2020

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