User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


72° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Business

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Hunters Think Pheasants & Fire Danger

October 19, 2012, 4:55 PM by Perry Groten

Hunters Think Pheasants & Fire Danger
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Thousand of hunters are pouring into the state on Friday, prepared to spend millions of dollars hunting pheasants.

But this year's hunt comes with a word of warning. Despite recent rains, the prolonged drought means the fire danger is extremely high in many of the areas where people will hunt.

The weather outside the Sioux Falls airport was chilly Friday, but there's always a warm greeting inside the day before the opener. Hunters say the friendly reception and "one stop shopping" never gets old.

"We get our licenses, buy whatever we need, shells and stuff. We particularly enjoy the Chamber of Commerce coffee cups," Charles Cowney of Hot Springs, Arkansas said.

But while everyone's here to have fun, many are well aware of the drought.

"We had burn bans all summer in our part of the country,"  Cowney said.

"Yeah, I heard it was real dry,"  Alex Turner of Anderson, South Carolina said.

Turner will be hunting in the Winner area. The Game, Fish & Parks officer in Gregory County says recent sprinkles dried up in the fierce wind without reducing the fire danger. In fact, there were two small grassfires in the area on Thursday. 

Turner says his party of 15 hunters knows first hand what can happen.

"I think you have to be careful about that. We've seen a fire start from a vehicle before so we're real careful about that, but that would be a story for another day," Turner said.

But for now, Turner and the others are just going to enjoy a little South Dakota hospitality.

"Everybody is just great. Everybody wants you to come out and enjoy yourself. We always look forward to just feeling like we're being welcomed,"  Turner said.

The Game, Fish & Parks Department says hunters should avoid driving vehicles through uncut grass along section lines and be careful where they park. 

Bird numbers are good and the weather forecast is looking dry.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View business

You may also like

Two KELOLAND Target Stores Now Open Extended Hours

8/19/2014 12:16 PM

Night owls who enjoy shopping at Target will soon have a few more hours to browse the shelves.

Full Story
SF Food Scene Gets Some National Attention

8/15/2014 8:14 PM

Sioux Falls' local flavor is getting national attention.

Full Story
Raven Balloons In Demand By Google

8/20/2014 9:10 AM

Raven Industries reports that sales for the second quarter are up to $94.5 million from $93.4 million the same time last year, due in part to Google&#...

Full Story
Sioux Falls Store Included In UPS Breach

8/21/2014 1:53 PM

If you used a credit or debit card at a UPS Store in the last seven months, some of your personal information could be a risk.  

Full Story
New CEO Of Idled Aberdeen Beef Plant Optimistic

8/17/2014 3:45 PM

The new CEO of a beef plant that has sat idle in Aberdeen since 2012 is optimistic about the facility's future.

Full Story


Events