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South Dakota Pheasantennial Event a Success

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PIERRE, S.D. – The Pheasantennial featured event, recently held in Mitchell, S.D., was deemed a success by the South Dakota Office of Tourism.

"Prior to the event, the Office of Tourism received more than 18,000 entries from across the country, and on the day of, an additional 500," said Richard Benda, secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development. "This overwhelming response is testament to the quality of hunting we have to offer in South Dakota, and the excitement hunters have to experience a hunt like no other."

Congratulations go out to Thomas Keegan of Salmon, Idaho for winning the grand prize. Thomas and three friends will accompany Pheasants Forever TV host Ron Schara on a 2009 Dream Pheasant Hunt.

"I had a very good trip," stated Keegan. "I had the chance to hunt the morning before the drawing and was lucky enough to take a limit of pheasants, so the trip was worthwhile even before the drawing."

Stacey Schaefer, of Black Hawk, S.D., also walked away with something special. Stacey won a limited-edition Pheasantennial Shotgun, engraved by A&A Engraving out of Rapid City. The Pheasantennial logo, State Seal, Ring-necked Pheasants and hunting scenes graced the shotgun’s barrel, stock, trigger guard and more.

The participating vendors were one of the main reasons the featured event was so successful. The Pierre Convention and Visitors Bureau, Aberdeen Convention and Visitors Bureau, Glacial Lakes and Prairies Tourism, Mitchell Convention and Visitors Bureau, Dakota Grills, Country Vet Dog Food and Game, Fish and Parks were all in attendance, and provided information and entertainment for visitors to Cabela’s that day.

While the Pheasantennial event was considered a success, it is far from over. There is still a month of great pheasant hunting in South Dakota, and plenty of hunting opportunities. Visit to find out more about late-season hunting in South Dakota.

The Pheasantennial promotion is part of Goal 1 of the 2010 initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota.