South Dakota’s pheasant hunting season could be hit or miss

October 12, 2021

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s pheasant season could be hit or miss for hunters.

The season opens this weekend.

Hunters killed more than 1.1 million pheasants in 2020 but the outlook this season looks dicey.

The state Game, Fish and Parks Department hasn’t done any brood reports for the 2020 or 2021 seasons.

Extreme drought conditions this spring may have kept chick production down. But a mild winter and positive field reports from around the state could mean things aren’t as bleak as they may look for hunters.

Weekend conditions look good, with sunshine and temperatures in the 60’s both days.