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Wanted: Ringneck Rodney. $1,000000 reward.

Aberdeen, South Dakota is the Place to Hunt

Aberdeen, South Dakota is the place to hunt for pheasants when you come to South Dakota. Not only does Brown County consistently rank in the top for highest bird counts, but the Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau gives you a shot a $1 million. Every hunting season, 100 banded birds are released in the area. If you are lucky enough to shoot a Million Dollar Banded Pheasant you will be automatically entered for a chance to match up for the $1,000,000 cash prize. The Million Dollar Pheasant Hunt runs from the Pheasant Season Opener to the Pheasant Season Close.

The Million Dollar Pheasants Are Here.... Are You?

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2013 Results

The million dollar prize was not awarded in Aberdeen in 2013, even though 31 bands were turned into the Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau office. Each band was worth $100-$500 in cash, but the band drawn for the $1 million dollar prize did not match the randomly selected band at the beginning of the season. Jeremy Weiseler won the Winchester SX3 "Black Shadow," the "Official Shotgun of the 2013 Million Dollar Pheasant Hunt." The donated gun is courtesy of Winchester Firearms and the Aberdeen Hotel Alliance as a consolation prize. View a complete list of all 2013 band winners.

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Pheasant Hunting

Come experience the rush of pounding wings, bright skies, and the cackle of roosters as they explode into the sky.

The Aberdeen Area has been named FIRST IN THE STATE for being one of the top producing locations to harvest roosters in South Dakota. We are sitting on the hot spot and have the number of birds to prove it.

Brown County:

Had the third highest percentage of birds harvested in 2013

Had the highest number of hunters in 2013

Consistently ranks in the top half of SD counties for birds per hunter

Offers one of the state’s best assortments of hunting lodges

Residents provide a welcoming atmosphere for hunters from all around the country

Source: SD Department of Game, Fish & Parks

Northeast South Dakota Pheasant Distribution Map

Why Hunters Love South Dakota

  • I am from Nebraska and have been amazed at how well you manage wildlife in SD. You should be commended and we appreciate your efforts and leadership.
  • The hunt was great! Your hunters are lucky. Always respect the grounds GF&P has given us. (Also the man above) Its beautiful country up there and lots of game to see. Keep up the good work for our future hunters. Keep up the up for years to come. Hope to see the Dakotas soon.
  • Compared to any other state, SD has done it correctly. Habitat, wide fence rows so birds can run from one place to another. Creeks and tree lines aggressive predation control leaving stared, some food sources for winter. As a very long time upland bird hunter I would gladly pay additional fees to help, Pheasants Forever, and gain a bird addition to bag limit. My hunting friends would also do the same. I look forward every year to my week or longer hunting in SD one of my favorite places I’ve ever been.
Source: 2012 Pheasant Management in South Dakota: Hunter Opinion Survey from South Dakota Game, Fish, & Parks
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Season Dates: October 18, 2014 – January 4, 2015

> Youth Pheasant Hunt Information

> Resident-Only Pheasant Information

> Tentative Future Season Dates

Open Area: All of South Dakota except the following:

Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Brown County, Renziehausen Game Production Area and Game Bird Refuge in Brown and Marshall Counties, Gerken Game Bird Refuge in Faulk County and White Lake Game Bird Refuge in Marshall County are open Dec. 8, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015

Daily Limit: 3 rooster pheasants

Possession Limit: 15 rooster pheasants, taken according to the daily limit.

The limit accrues at the rate of 3 birds a day, and 15 birds may not be possessed until after the fifth day of hunting.

Shooting Hours: 12 Noon, Central Time for the first 7 days of the season; 10 a.m., Central Time, to sunset the rest of the season.

NOTE: Central Time is used for opening shooting hours statewide. Future Opening Dates: The pheasant season traditionally opens on the third Saturday in October.

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

Residents = Small Game License, or Combination License, or Junior Combination License, or Youth Small Game License; or 1-Day Small Game License.

Nonresidents = Nonresident Small Game License, or Nonresident Youth Small Game License (each valid for two 5-day hunting periods; start dates must be identified before license issued)

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GFP Rules & Regulations

Where to Hunt

South Dakota has over 5 million acres of hunting opportunity on public land and private land that has been leased for public hunting.

The vast majority of the state is land held in private ownership. Permission is required to hunt private land in South Dakota. Your ability to develop a connection with private landowners will enhance your hunting opportunities. We encourage you to work as individuals and through your local sportsmen's clubs to create a personal and working relationship with private landowners. Respect their rights and their land.

Public Hunting

Walk In Areas - Public Hunting
General Hunting Access

South Dakota has a rich hunting heritage - one that includes lots of game and lots of places to hunt. For the past 15 years, the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks has been working hard to maintain that rich heritage by providing hunting access on privately owned lands. The department does this by contracting with landowners who have CRP or other valuable wildlife habitat. The landowner opens the land to unlimited, free public hunting, which is open to foot-traffic-only hunting, in exchange for a small payment and immunity from non-negligent liability. It has been a great program and currently has more than 900,000 acres enrolled. See the South Dakota Hunting Atlas for a list of these and other hunting areas.

Game Production Area Public Hunting

Game Production Areas are generally managed for the production and maintenance of all wildlife species. Although species emphasis varies from site to site, all wildlife benefits. South Dakota has approximately 719 Game Production Areas, totaling more than 293,000 acres. Signs are yellow and black.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl hunting is permitted on National Wildlife Refuges located in the region but only in waterfowl production areas owned and operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These areas are marked with green and white signs.

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

Open year round to public hunting and fishing access. CREP lands are owned by private individuals who have enrolled them in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and signed a lease agreement with South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks to provide public hunting and fishing access.

Hunting Areas Rules and Information

 

Private Hunting

Sportsmen have a variety of private hunting options for both released and wild birds in the Aberdeen region. South Dakota private preserves typically have a longer season and varying limits and fees. Private hunting lodges also typically offer full-service, all-inclusive hunts for outdoor enthusiasts who want a five-star experience.

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Free Gun Giveaway

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Winchester SX3 "Black Shadow"

Aberdeen, SD welcomes Winchester as our official gun of the 2014 Million Dollar Pheasant Hunt!
Winchester SX3 “Black Shadow” is brought to you courtesy of SoDak Sport and Bait and the 2014 Million Dollar Pheasant Hunt.

Winchester SX3: Black Shadow
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