The 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,” said Shafer. “I was fortunate to be able to collaborate with S.D. GF&P to get all the data I had collected organized into print.” The book is now 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 20th 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 GF&P. “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.”

Soft-cover copies of the South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Seasons Data Book can be purchased through GF&P by calling 605-223-7662. An electronic version can be found at under “Related Documents.”

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