Game Fish & Parks wants to give hunters more hours and more weeks to shoot more pheasants. But South Dakotans seem to be much less inclined to harvest more pheasants than out-of-state visitors are:
Among hunters who wrote letters and emails, twice as many said they were opposed as those who said they supported the additional opportunities the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department wants to provide for the pheasant season.
A KELOLAND News count found that approximately 120 hunters and two organizations said they were against all of the proposals, while approximately 61 hunters and one organization said they supported the changes.
A third group of 29 hunters supported some parts, opposed others and in some instances suggested different steps.
Most of the opposition came from South Dakota residents, while much of the support came from hunters outside South Dakota [Bob Mercer, “Majority of Hunters, Mostly from South Dakota, Oppose Changing Current Pheasant Regulations,” KELO-TV, 2020.09.02].
Game Fish and Parks heard public comment yesterday and continues taking public comment today. Then the commission will likely decide on whether to expand opportunities to shoot our state bird.