Posted by: NGComets
N 44° 55.050 W 098° 30.744
14T E 538485 N 4973901
Quick Description: About a mile north of Redfield, SD, on US Highway 281.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 5/31/2011 8:05:49 AM
Waymark Code: WMBKWC
This historical marker is on the same piece of ground that has another historical marker.
Redfield, South Dakota has long held claim as the pheasant capital of the world and has weathered onslaughts from other cities in South Dakota wanting to claim that title. Huron, for example, as sought to be named the pheasant capital of the world, but no no avail.
The land on which the marker sits is a rustic site with no facilities other than a gravel parking lot.
Marker Name: Pheasant History
Marker Type: Roadside
First successful stocking of pheasants in South Dakota
Redfield's clam as the Pheasant Capital of the World dates back to 1908. The first successful stocking of pheasants in South Dakota took place in June, 2008 when H.P. Packard, H.J. Schalke and H.A. Hagman secured three pairs of pheasants from Grants, Pass. Oregon. The three men went to Hagman's farm, just north of Redfield, to release the birds. The number of pheasants grew steadily over the years, and the state game department purchased 48 pairs of birds with privately subscribed funds in 1922 and released them near Redfield.
The first one-day open season on cock pheasants occured in Spink County on October 30, 1919. Each person holding a small game license was permitted to kill two cock pheasants. From Spink County, pheasant hunting grew throughout the state. Redfield has the distinction of being registered as the Pheasant Capital of the World.
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