How Big is South Dakota Pheasant Hunting?
This week, South Dakota released its figures for small game hunting licenses. I doubt many people are drawn there by jackrabbits, so even though it’s officially a “small game license” it could just as well be considered a “pheasant license.”
South Dakota sold more than 180,000 resident and nonresident small game licenses in 2010, and for the eighth year in a row, sold more nonresident licenses (102,003) than resident licenses.
How does the total compare with other states? Here’s the state-by-state breakdown.
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Add it up, and that’s nearly 1 million. I don’t have info for a few states – California, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Wyoming – so conservatively, we could say 1.2 million people actively pheasant hunt annually. Run the numbers, and approximately 15 percent of the nation’s pheasant hunters are taking to South Dakota fields in a season.
Anthony’s Antics Afield is written by Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Public Relations Specialist
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