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SD Retailers welcome hunters

SD Retailers welcome hunters

South Dakota Retailers Welcome Pheasant Hunters

News Release - October 17, 2019

PIERRE (SD) – Retail businesses across South Dakota are welcoming resident and non-resident hunters in preparation for the opening day of pheasant hunting season on October 19. With abundant birds and many repeat visitors, businesses are excited about the 2019 hunting season.

“Communities around the state are welcoming hunters, with many shops and stores working together to create special events,” said South Dakota Retailers Association Exec. Dir. Nathan Sanderson. "Hunting season is a great opportunity to showcase our world-renowned hospitality and beautiful landscapes while supporting rural communities and local businesses."

Many South Dakota businesses actively serve the hunting and shooting community. Pheasant lodges, hunting outfitters, and hundreds of stores that sell guns, ammunition, licenses, hunting gear, and food look forward to our state’s fall hunting tradition.

"We love meeting and talking with the new people that come in, whether it is their first time in the state or just their first time in the store,” said Mike Fairchild, General Manager of Trav’s Outfitter in Watertown. “Of course, we love seeing returning folks when they walk through the door – this year, next year, and the one after that – we know they’ll keep coming back to hunt.”

Local mom and pop businesses understand the significant economic impact resident and non-resident hunters have in South Dakota. Hunting alone contributes about $700 million each year to our economy, supporting 18,000 jobs – many of them in retail and hospitality businesses.

Michael Bollweg of Tumbleweed Lodge in Harrold diversified their farm by adding a hunting resort and guiding business. This is a common approach in South Dakota, as the state boasts more than 30 hunting lodges.

“While an upland bird hunting adventure initially draws them here, the sunrises and sunsets of purple and red hues igniting the sky coupled with star-filled nights keep them coming back,” Bollweg said. “Our guests continually remind us just how special of a place we live in.”

Pheasant season in South Dakota runs October 19, 2019 through January 5, 2020. As you travel around the state this fall, thank the men and women in blaze orange who make a significant contribution to small communities and local businesses around the state.

Phone number: 605-347-4455
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Address: 1612 Junction Avenue, Suite #1
Sturgis, SD 57785