SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – Fall is in full swing and that means hunting season is right around the corner.
Pheasant season for South Dakota residents is underway, so now is a great time to start making sure you and all your gear are in good shape and ready to go before you head out into the field for the hunt. .
South Dakota and Game, Fish and Parks say it’s important to make sure you’re prepared before you head out.
“You’re going to want to check your gear, make sure your firearms are cleaned, lubricated if necessary, you’re going to want to make sure you go out and buy ammunition because that can be in short supply at times. If you’re hunting with a dog, you’ll want to make sure that dog is ready to go and well trained and you’ll want to start making phone calls to prepare buddies,” said Jason Nelson, Outreach Coordinator.
The pheasant season is divided into three categories, starting with the national season, the youth, then it is open to everyone.
“South Dakota is a wonderful state for hunting, it has a lot to do with our agricultural heritage as well as a lot of the public access that we have and just a part of the geography that we have. We have the prairie to the east and the river running down the middle and Black Hills also providing unique opportunities,” Nelson said.
But, if you’ve never been out before or need a refresher on hunting safety, Game, Fish and Parks has some great learning resources, including their Hunt Safe program, for anyone. over 11 years old.
“Courses are important to make sure that you as a hunter or them as a hunter realize that the weapon they are carrying this shotgun, this rifle they are carrying is very dangerous and as the saying goes , ‘once you pull that trigger, you can never undo that shot,’ said Steve Gaspar, Hunt Safe Instructor.
Making sure everyone is ready and prepared for another great year of hunting in South Dakota.
“I recommend anyone new who wants to get into hunting come find us, we have a whole group of very knowledgeable staff here who would be more than happy to introduce you to the outdoors,” Nelson said.
They have already hosted ten courses this year, but they could add another if there is enough interest. You can find more information and contact details for the outdoor campus here.