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PF Applauds Gov. Daugaard for Successful Pheasant Habitat Summit

Governor Dennis Daugaard addressed the crowd at the opening of the South Dakota Pheasant Habitat Summit. Photo by Anthony Hauck / Pheasants Forever

Governor Dennis Daugaard addressed the crowd at the opening of the South Dakota Pheasant Habitat Summit. Photo by Anthony Hauck / Pheasants Forever

More than 500 pheasant hunters, landowners and conservationists turned out for South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard’s Pheasant Habitat Summit on Friday, Dec. 6 in Huron. The first-of-its-kind event, created and hosted by Governor Daugaard, focused on finding solutions to adding upland habitat for South Dakota’s most treasured game bird, the ring-necked pheasant.

Pheasants Forever is thankful to Governor Daugaard for taking this unprecedented step in hosting the summit, as this type of leadership is necessary for South Dakota to maintain its status as “The Pheasant Hunting Capital of the World.” The turnout from hunters, farmers, landowners, businesses and the many other stakeholders shows the significant influence, cultural importance, and economic impact pheasant hunting has in South Dakota. Pheasants Forever is proud to be working with Governor Daugaard and staff to ensure pheasant hunting and the surrounding activities continue to better the state’s residents and economy.

At the end of the summit, Governor Daugaard identified the creation of a task force, or “work group” which will be his next step in addressing upland habitat concerns in South Dakota. The work group will include hunters and landowners and potentially lawmakers. Videos from the Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Summit can be viewed here.

The D.C. Minute is written by Dave Nomsen, Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s Vice President of Governmental Relations.

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4 Responses to “PF Applauds Gov. Daugaard for Successful Pheasant Habitat Summit”

  1. mark fedrizzi says:

    I have been to SD for 7 years. this year 3 hunters and 7 good dogs we shot 1 bird. it will be a long time before I spend the money to hunt like this.until you do about the farmers and the demand for CORN.the birds will not make a come back !the farmers are trying to make every pennie they can. the don’t care for conservation. it is $$$$$$ at all cost.the hunting is very poor.i will stay in NY and spend my money on PRESERVE BIRDS. IT SUCKS BUT I WILL NOT DRIVE 27HOURS TO NOT FIND BIRDS.it all starts with the RANCHERS.THEY SEE THIS AS A MONEY MAKER TO GET RICH. BEST OF LUCK.

  2. dave brown says:

    really poor hunting we did walkin and most of what was supposed to be crops was mowed and baled. we drove lots of worthless miles to find these barron fields.its getting worse every year

  3. Richard Swenson says:

    Here is real idea for you. Stop mowing road ditches period. Tons of free habitat there. Then you can enhance your existing habitat and you may end up with enough birds to hunt. In Minnesota we tried enhancing isolated pieces of cover while most of our ditches look like a golf course. It didn’t work for the most part.

  4. Dan Anderson says:

    I was at the Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Summit. There is a lot of work to be done to reverse the decline in habitat. But I was encouraged to see that high ranking politicians were there (governor, senator, and others). The trick is to keep pressure on to make sure something happens, especially with the governor. I intend to keep an eye on what his “work group” does, and see how much support he actually gives them. But as for a good first step, we really couldn’t ask for anything more. There were a lot of really committed people there as well.


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