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SD's Main Pheasant Hunting Season Opens



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Some statewide elected officials are joining tens of thousands of other hunters to take to the fields for the opening of South Dakota's main hunting season.
    
Rep. Kristi Noem planned to join family and friends Saturday to hunt near her family farm in Castlewood, while Sen. John Thune planned to hunt with his brother, Tim, and his 93-year-old father, Harold, near their hometown of Murdo.
    
Gov. Dennis Daugaard also planned to hunt with friends near Aberdeen.
    
Only residents could hunt last weekend, and just on public land. Saturday's opening of the main season allows residents and non-residents alike to hunt on public and private land.
    
State officials have said the state's pheasant population is down substantially from last year, but airports were busy Friday as hunters arrived.
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