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Pheasant Hunting Intelligence from South Dakota Locals

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The Rooster Road Trip parked in the pheasant capital of South Dakota last evening.  Joining us for Thursday’s public lands pheasant hunt will be fellow Pheasants Forever co-workers and SoDak residents Matt Morlock and Mike Stephenson. 

 

Morlock is a Farm Bill biologist and a habitat expert.  Stephenson is the regional field representative working with all of PF’s chapters in the top pheasant state.  As South Dakota residents, they are obviously seasoned pheasant hunters and spend most of their hunting time on public lands. 

 

Over a tray of mini tacos at Sandy’s Bar in Emery, I pumped the guys for pheasant hunting tips only the locals would know.  Here’s what they had to offer. 

 

“Find the small spots,” whispered Morlock.  “Everyone focuses on the big public lands spots, but most overlook the little ones.  A couple of guys and dogs can really clean up on little GPAs, walk-ins and WPAs in South Dakota because these littler areas don’t get near the hunting pressure as the big ones.”

 

“Take your time,” added Stephenson.  “People see the early flushing pheasants and panic.  They start to run after those flushing birds, but you have to realize you’re not hunting those birds.  You should be focused on the ones that are holding tighter, so take your time and let your dog use its nose.” 

 

So armed with those tidbits of local South Dakota pheasant wisdom, we’re ready to release the dogs.  It’s time to pheasant hunt the pheasant capital.  It’s 10AM.

 

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The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.  Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre.

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One Response to “Pheasant Hunting Intelligence from South Dakota Locals”

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  1. I retired and moved back to my home state of SD several years ago. Being a local gives me tremendous advantages…..I hunt the small areas within 10-15 miles of our town, and can break for lunch or take a nap if I feel like it. I get out for a few hours, several times a week and pick the days when the weather is favorable. Late season hunting is wonderful, when the fields, creeks and marshes are frozen and easier to walk. The bird count has not been great this year in the NE corner of our state, but I content myself with a few shots here and there and probably average 2-3 birds per weeks.

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