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South Dakota Pheasant Hunting








"South Dakota Pheasant Hunting... There's nothing to replace an hour of quietly walking through a field along windbreaks with your dog sniffing and searching for just that certain scent followed by a few seconds of explosive excitement."





South Dakota Pheasant Hunting
by Patrick Austin

Mr. Austin is a freelance writer who writes about virtually anything that interests him on PulseMed. He also covers sports and health for a number of web sites including,, and, and entertainment and sports for Vainquer magazine.

Nothing else raises your adrenaline quite like the rush of sound from a flushed pheasant. There's nothing to replace an hour of quietly walking through a field along windbreaks with your dog sniffing and searching for just that certain scent followed by a few seconds of explosive excitement. That’s why would need to do some South Dakota pheasant hunting. There’s no experience quite like it.

The first ring-necked pheasants were released in North America during the late 1800s, but large numbers were not released until the 1910s and 1920s. The population rose to its highest point in the 1950s and since then has declined sharply. Wild pheasants adapt to agricultural land if farming is not too intensive. Unfortunately, the wide fencerows that formerly provided good pheasant nesting and escape cover have been eliminated or reduced to narrow strips as farmers maximize production. Federal farm subsidies reduced the amount of idle or fallow lands by rewarding farmers for producing more crops. Weedy cornfield pheasants used for food and cover have been reduced due to greater use of more effective herbicides. Now, hunting clubs and ranches offer many opportunities for taking birds. This is a big reason why South Dakota pheasant hunting is such an experience to take advantage of.

A hunting club or ranch offers hunters an environment to share experiences, learn from other experienced guides and outdoorsmen, and find services from thousands of outdoors companies. South Dakota pheasant hunting enthusiasts gather together to ask questions, share their knowledge, learn tips, and enjoy a common interest.

Once you’ve hunted and killed your pheasant, you’ll want to take it back to your home and cook it up for some good grub. Here are some delicious pheasant recipes you’ll really enjoy:

South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Baked Pheasant Recipe:

* 1 can (10.75-oz) cream of chicken soup
* 1/2 cup Apple cider
* 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
* 3/4 tsp. Salt
* 1/3 cup Chopped onion
* 1 Clove (small) garlic, minced
* 1 can (4-oz) sliced mushrooms, drained
* 2 Pheasants
* Paprika

Blend all ingredients except pheasants and paprika. Pour over pheasants and sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350, covered, for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Remove cover the last 30 minutes of cooking. After 1 hour, sprinkle again with paprika.

South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Grilled Pheasant Recipe:

* 4 boneless Pheasant Breasts
* 2 tsp Olive Oil
* 1 lb. of your favorite pasta
* 1 large, diced tomato
* 1 jar of prepared basil presto
* Salt & Pepper to taste

Cook your favorite pasta as directed.

Turn grill on high heat.

Remove skin from pheasant breasts, brush oil on both sides and season with salt & pepper. When grilling, cook each side 4-5 minutes then turn 1/4 turn and grill another 2 more minutes. This will give nice grill pattern on meat.

Place pesto in sauce pan and add diced tomatoes. Heat on low until warm. Set aside with lid on to preserve heat. Stir slightly before serving.

Place pasta on plate, and top pasta with breast, and placed tomato basil pesto across breast for a delightful presentation.

If you’d like more information about South Dakota pheasant hunting, check out these web sites:

Outdoor hunting guide

South Dakota pheasant hunting tips

More pheasant recipes

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