New book documents 100 years of pheasant hunting in South Dakota


PIERRE – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks has announced the release of the South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Seasons Data Book. Author Lonnie Shafer, a retired history teacher from York, Nebraska, has dedicated years of study to pheasants in South Dakota. 

“I began the book six years ago,” Shafer said. “I was fortunate to be able to collaborate with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks to get all the data I had collected organized into print. I’m very pleased to see this book available to the public.” 

The Data Book outlines 100 years of pheasant hunting seasons with statistics grouped by decades, facts about pheasants and their habitat requirements throughout the year, and a history on pheasant stocking from the early twentieth century.   

“This is a great book for anyone interested in pheasants and the history of pheasant hunting in South Dakota,” said Chad Switzer, wildlife program administrator with GFP. “Mr. Shafer devoted years of research to ensure that South Dakota’s pheasant introduction efforts and past 100 years of hunting history were accurately documented.”  

Softcover copies of the South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Seasons Data Book can be purchased through GFP by calling 605-223-7662. An electronic version can be found at gfp.sd.gov/pheasant under “Related Documents.”

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