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Location of sign - Redfield South Dakota


Photo taken June 2009


Pheasant History Marker in Redfield South Dakota

Photos courtesy of Jimmy Wayne


Text of sign:

Pheasant History

First successful stocking of pheasants in South Dakota


Redfield's claim as the "Pheasant Capital of the World" dates back to 1908.  The first successful stocking of pheasants in South 

Dakota took place in June, 1908 when H.P. Packard, H. J. Schalkle and H.A. Hagmann secured three pairs of pheasants from 

Grants Pass, Oregon. The three men went to Hagmann'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 1911

and released them near Redfield.


The first one day open season on cock pheasants occurred 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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