Dean Schumacher and Zach Schumacher display their birds following the opening of pheasant season Saturday, Oct. 20.
Beautiful fall weather and a near-record ringneck population translated into a great day for hunters across South Dakota as they took to the fields for the first day of pheasant season. Hunters in Lyman County reported successful hunts opening weekend. A group of hunters from Oklahoma, who hunt public hunting area, bagged their limit on Saturday. "We had a great day hunting around Kennebec," reported Jeff Edwards.Dean Schumacher and his 12-year old grandson Zach of Heron Lake, MN hunted northwest of Presho. This was Zach’s first year of carrying a shotgun and was happy to report he got his limit on Saturday, also. Local businesses report a large number of hunters were in the area throughout the weekend.Reports from Game, Fish and Parks Department personnel in the field in the central portion of the state noted that hunters there averaged two birds each on opening day with some limits throughout the region. "Overall the weather was great and most hunters were getting two to three birds," according to GFP Regional Game Manager Andy Lindbloom of Fort Pierre. "Some of the unharvested crops made hunting a little more difficult, but there were lots of birds and plenty of opportunity."Two minor hunting accidents were reported in the region with most violations also minor including using lead shot on public land, trespassing and overbagging.
Hunter attitudes throughout the region were good, Lindbloom said, with hunters seeing plenty of birds.Limits were common in Beadle, Aurora and Jerauld counties according to GFP Regional Game Manager Ron Schauer of Sioux Falls. In Brookings County hunters averaged 1.5 to two birds. Further south, hunters were averaging one bird each in Yankton, Union and Clay counties. Schauer said an exception in that area was Bon Homme County where 30 hunters had been checked and they had a total of 60 birds. The mood of hunters was good, Schauer noted, despite the less than ideal hunting conditions. "Having a week of weather before opening day didn’t help."Schauer reported two hunting accidents in the region, both of them minor. One occurred near Mitchell and the other was near Iroquois. "That’s a relatively low number of accidents for opening day," Schauer said, noting that hunters seem to be playing it safe in the fields. "They’re wearing lots of blaze orange, which we like to see." In the northeast area of the state hunters enjoyed excellent weather and saw plenty of birds according to GFP Regional Game Manager Will Morlock of Watertown. "Overall, hunters are doing well," Morlock said. "It’s been a great opener." If there was one drawback in the region it was the muddy cornfields. "There’s lots of corn standing," Morlock said, "and the birds are in the cornfields. It’s really muddy and no one wants to walk those cornfields."There were few hunting violations in the northeast region. Morlock said the most serious was a hunter cited for reckless discharge of a weapon near a building.
There was a confirmed hunting accident in Clark County. Morlock said a hunter shot at a low-flying bird and hit his blocker in the face and hands. The victim was taken to a Watertown hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.
By Lucy Halverson
The Presho Horizons Project held a Visioning Kick Off event Monday, October 15 at the Presho United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Nearly 60 people of all ages enjoyed the free supper furnished by the Horizons Project and served by the Presho UMW. The people attending completed surveys regarding Presho and viewed a display of photos taken by area residents. The photos reflected the good and bad points of Presho according to the person taking the photos.
Dan Oedekoven of SDSU’s Cooperative Extension Service at Rapid City presented the demographics of Presho in regards to population and poverty.Committee spokesmen reported on some of the issues and ideas that came from the study circles last spring. A city clean up was held, movies in the park were shown, and most currently a survey is being taken to see how many people in Presho and area towns would be interested in receiving meals for seniors and rural transportation.
LeadershipPlenty certificates of completion were presented to those who graduated from the Presho program.Based on completed surveys, both the written and the camera survey, and comments received at the Visioning Kick Off. The following items were deemed important to how people would like to see Presho in the future; paved streets, housing, sidewalks, population increase, thriving business district, junk cleaned up, old buildings demolished, meals and transportation for elderly.
A Strategic Planning committee was formed of 10 to 12 volunteers who will meet over the next several weeks to write a plan for implementing these objectives into an action plan. Committee members include; Nicole Husman, Dawn Keyes, Brooke Smith, Michelle Lintvedt, Deb Smith, Teresa Shook, Owen Garnos, Angela Ehlers, Mandy Cole and Mike Sprenger. The plan will be presented to the community when completed. Watch for the date and time of the next community supper.
Presho and Kennebec Elementary school children toured the local fire halls this past week in recognition of National Fire Prevention Week. Firemen explained to the students the duties of firemen, the equipment they use, and the proper way report a fire. The students were given rides on the fire trucks. Kindergarten students at Kennebec that toured the firehouse and went for a ride on the fire truck Friday.
- Ice Fishing for fun and prizes
- Vehicle pursuit ends with drug arrest
- LC Sheriff's office involved in vehicle pursuit
- RACD changes date of annual dinner/theater
- Former coach inducted into HOF
- Trooper Koenig released from hospital
- Brule County Standoff Ends with Subject Surrendering to Law Enforcement
- Local HP officer in stable condition following shooting near Kimball
- Passerby reports house fire
- Vivian Post Office hours to be cut
- Celebrating Christmas