Today pheasant hunting season officially began but hunters will have harder time finding pheasants this year. The long held tradition has quite a history in South Dakota, going back to 1919. And though it's open season the pheasant population in the state is down.
According to Game Fish and Parks there are 62 percent fewer pheasants this year than last year. Weather conditions played a major role in killing pheasants and stopping them from nesting.
If you are up for the challenge of locating pheasants a small game or combination license is required to hunt. The season will continue until January5th, 2014.
You can find licensing information and other information at the link below.