100 Years of Safe Hunting

Did you know this Fall marks South Dakota’s 100th hunting season?

Over the years, South Dakota has distinguished itself as one the world’s best locales for small game hunting.  And we owe it all to our state favorite, the pheasant.

Originally from China, the pheasant found its ideal home in our varied South Dakota landscapes, when introduced locally in the early 20th century.

And ever since, the annual tradition of pheasant hunting has attracted thousands of hunters, both local and abroad.

If you’re one of those hunters eagerly awaiting this year’s upcoming season, then you’re in for a treat!

According to the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks department, this year’s pheasant brood survey is up almost 47% over last year. And after the new additions in 2017, South Dakota now has over 1.1 million acres of hunting land open to the public.

With so much global interest in our local bird, hunters know that it’s important to follow safety guide lines such as those found in the South Dakota Hunting Handbook in order to protect the environment, local wildlife, and especially their neighbors.

And excavating is no different.

Calling 811 is a fast and easy way that you can protect you and your neighbors.

Whether you are digging an animal trap or planting a tree, remembering to have your underground utility lines located is a free and important step in making sure that you’re ready to begin your next project.

Until next week, safe digging!

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