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FREE COPY 2012 Hand County

HUNTING GUIDE

A Special Publication of The Miller Press · www.themillerpress.com

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Pheasant broods up 33% Cory Flor Hand County Conservation Officer he 2012 regular pheasant hunting season is nearly upon us. I thought it would be time to discuss the Hand County pheasant brood routes. The pheasant brood routes are conducted during the same time frame every year between July 25 and August 15. Each route is 30 miles long and the survey begins at sunrise. Certain conditions must be met in order for the brood route to be considered a primary run. There must be no wind, sunshine and heavy dew on the grass. Hand County has three pheasant brood routes; a north brood route, a middle brood route and a south brood route. With only 20 days to run the routes sometimes getting the perfect conditions can be tough, but this year I had perfect conditions the first time I ran the route. I typically run the middle brood route and other GFP employees run the other two routes. This year the middle brood route

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showed an increase of seven broods in 2012 from 2011; it increased from 21 broods to 28 broods. That is an increase of about 33 percent from last year. Unfortunately we are not where we were three or four years ago when the hunting was outstanding. Hunters will no doubt have to work hard again this year to get their birds, but they can still have a quality hunt without limiting out every day. The first week or two of the season should be pretty good with the majority of the crops having been harvested already.

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unters need to be aware of several laws and regulations for pheasant season. First of all, make sure you buy your license prior to hunting. You can buy a license online at the SD Game, Fish and Parks website or visit one of our license agents in Miller. When you buy your non-resident license you need to pick your start dates. If you plan on hunting opening weekend you can mark October 20 as your first

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start date and then most hunters pick the last five days of the season for their second start date. However, prior to the beginning of the start dates hunters may change their start dates. For example, if you pick December 25 for your second start date you may change it anytime prior to December 25. The non-resident small game license is not valid for waterfowl. Non-residents may hunt small game and predators and varmints with the small game license. If you want to change your start dates you need to go to the place where you bought it, or do it yourself online at the GFP website. If someone asks to see your hunting license, you have to show it according to the law. It doesn’t matter whether the person is a law enforcement officer or not, you still need to show them if they ask. Wearing hunter orange is not required by law for small game hunting; however, with the number of hunters in the field during the pheasant season, especially the opener, it is still a good idea to wear orange for safety reasons. If you are unsure of a shot, don’t shoot. There will always be another pheasant. Safety should be the number one priority of every hunter in the field. Trespassing is the most common violation during the pheasant season. If you are going to hunt private land make sure you get written permission from the landowner and make sure you know where their property is located. If you are convicted of knowingly trespassing your hunting, privileges will be revoked for a period of one year. If you are going to road hunt you need to pull your vehicle over to the furthest right-hand side of the road, turn your vehicle off and close the doors on the vehicle. If you shoot a pheasant and it falls onto private proper-

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ty while road hunting the hunter may retrieve the bird as long as he puts his gun down before crossing the fence, and he must be on foot. Remember, when hunting road rights-of-way there is a 660-foot safety zone around occupied dwellings (houses), livestock, schools and churches. The Department of Game, Fish and Parks gives out white Safety Zone signs to landowners who request them. The pheasant season shooting hours are 12 noon until sunset October 20 through October 26, and 10 a.m. thereafter until sunset. This law is probably the second most common violation during pheasant season. Shooting hours end at sunset, not onehalf hour after like big game seasons. A sunrise/sunset table is in the back of the 2012 South Dakota Hunting Handbook that is easy to follow. The daily limit of pheasants is three roosters with a possession limit of 15 after the fifth day of the season. If you plan on hunting public land, remember that you need to use non-toxic shot. However, you may use lead shot on state school lands, Walk-InAreas and road rights-of-way. Remember to be courteous to other hunters and landowners. Don’t clean your game in the road ditch, as it is considered littering and it looks awful for the people who live here. If you plan on transporting your pheasants, you need to have a fully feathered head attached, or a fully feathered wing or one leg attached. However, if you shoot a rooster without a visible spur you need to have a head or wing attached. Hunters may only transport their own lawfully possessed game birds. If

you have your birds frozen they must be packaged no more than two per package in order to facilitate identification and count of species.

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his would be a great year for people to pick up waterfowl hunting. A lot of waterfowl are in the area and it should be a great year for waterfowl hunting. Nonresidents who wish to hunt waterfowl in S.D. need to apply by July 5 of that year in order to have a chance to draw a license. If you didn’t do this by July 5 this year and already drew a license, it is too late to apply for this year. Non-resident waterfowl licenses are limited to 4,000 licenses statewide and they are all taken during the first drawing. In order to assist waterfowl hunters the S.D. GFP has added a thunderstorm map to their website to show where waterfowl numbers are the highest in the state. Also, I have had several waterfowl access trails mowed to the water’s edge on area GPAs to assist hunters with water access. This year, 15 rooster pheasants will be banded for the Miller Chamber of Commerce. The birds will be released prior to the first day of the regular pheasant season. When you harvest a pheasant make sure you look for a band on its leg, as each band is worth a prize and one lucky hunter will win a gun. If you have questions or comments feel free to contact my office at 853-3644. Remember, this is a very busy time of year so it may take a few days to return your calls. If you would like to report a wildlife violation you can call the Tips Hotline 1-888-OVERBAG (1-888-683-7224) or you can contact the sheriff’s office, 8532408.

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Citizens In Action have long supported Pheasants for Wessington Wessington’s Prom Party, Youth community group, Coaches, PlayCitizens in Acground Equipment, tion, is celebrating Friday, Oct. 19 · Wessington Gym Governor’s Youth its 25th anniversaLeadership Camp, ry this year. Citi- Dinner, 5-7 p.m. · Auction & Raffle Wessington Comzens in Action has munity Club, local been known by sevblood drive, Amereral names through the years. It original- ican Legion, Highway 14 flowers, Wessly started when the Wessington chapter ington Public Library, W.E.D.C., Cancer of the Jaycees disbanded and people were Walk, Relay for Life, and several commulooking to still help. It became the Pheas- nity dances. ants for Wessington group, with a goal of The CIA always keeps a balance availhelping maintain the pheasant popula- able so that they can raise birds and habtion of the area through raising birds and itat in a hurry if ever the need arises. A planting food plots. Several fundraisers banquet, auction and raffles will be held were held, but the most successful was in the Wessington Gym on Friday, Oct. 19. the Pheasant Banquet. It has become the Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m., mainstay of the organization’s funding. and the purchase of a ticket will enter a The goal of the group has evolved into person in a raffle to give away 100 dollars one of not only pheasant restoration but in Wessington Bucks to each of 25 lucky that of community service. The Citizens in people. Everyone is eligible, including the Action (CIA) now spends half of the pro- children, and the money can be spent at ceeds on community projects. Some of any of the local businesses, including the these projects in the past have been: Af- auction held after the dinner. Everybody is ter School Program, Hunter Safety Pro- welcome to come help celebrate 25 years gram, Kids Fishing Derby, Swimming Pool of service. Fund, Kids Pool Party, Shrine Circus, Post

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Aim for hunting safety With the hunting and trapping season fast approaching, it’s important to keep safety in mind when venturing outdoors. Both hunters and nonhunters who live near hunting land have a responsibility to protect themselves, their pets and livestock and their property. Here are some tips from American Family Insurance: Protect yourself Many states require new hunters to complete a hunter-safety course before taking to the field. These courses will provide important safety precautions like dressing in proper apparel, whether its camouflage or blaze orange. People who hike in areas where hunters may

be present should wear bright clothing. Don’t let children go on hikes without an adult. Protect your livestock Even landowners who never pull a trigger or set traps must take precautions to protect their land and animals during hunting season. Because pets and livestock are sometimes mistaken for deer or are caught in traps, it is wise to lock up animals that usually have free reign of your land. Many farmers spray paint an “X” on the flanks of grazing livestock to help avoid confusion. Pen livestock near farm buildings to further distinguish them from deer, and check your animals and gates daily.

Protect your property Homeowners should think twice before opening up their acreage to anyone except family members and close friends. They expose not only their property to accidental losses, but also themselves to liability and potential litigation. If you don’t want hunters on your land, post “No Trespassing” or “No Hunting” signs around the perimeter of your property. If you do permit access, require the hunters to check in each time they enter your property, and get the names of each person in the hunting party. Often one person who obtains permission to hunt on a farm feels free to invite others without informing the landowner.

‘You can taste the difference’ at Bob’s Drive-In

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f you’re looking for good, down-home cooking, stop at Bob’s Drive-In. Owner Tara Koeck says everything on the menu is homemade…fresh, not packaged. “If you order gravy, you get homemade gravy,” she said. Hunters are invited to stop by for breakfast, and especially taste her homemade doughnuts. She will also prepare lunches to take to the field. Come in for supper after the hunt, and unwind after a day outdoors. Broasted chicken is always a favorite, and with the warmer, there is no waiting for it to bake. Although the name is “Bob’s Drive-In,” inside seating is available. In addition to meals, you will find ice cream products and old-fashioned malts. Once you’ve stopped for breakfast, lunch or supper,

you’ll know why the slogan is, “You can taste the difference.” The drive-in is closed Mondays. Hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The phone number is 893-0101.

Locally owned and operated auto and tire repair shop ready to serve

• Oil Changes • New Tires • Tire Repairs • Minor Mechanic Work Open Mon-Fri 8-5 & Sat 8-Noon 206 N. Catalpa St. Lawrence, SD 57373 Shop: 605-853-2781 Cell: 605-870-1262

fter years of “tinkering” and helping his dad, Tony Welch opened the doors to his own repair shop, Tony’s Repair, a couple of years ago. “It’s good to know you have a dependable repairman at hand, especially if you’re from out of town.” Welch said. A St. Lawrence native, Tony opened his shop at 206 N. Catalpa, in St. Lawrence. He changes oil, repairs and replaces tires, and completes other light repair work on vehicles. His shop hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturdays. If your vehicle needs an oil change, a tire change or other service while hunting in the area, give Welch a call at 605-853-2781 or 605-870-1262.

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Training a gun dog Your hunting dog will learn dozens of commands over the course of his hunting years. Some will be quite basic and others much more advanced. It is safe to say that there is one command that is possibly the most important – Whoa. It is the command that has the power to stop everything, and if your dog cannot grasp it, it can be tragic. Maybe that sounds dramatic, but it is quite true. In the most basic terms, “Whoa� is a command that tells the dog to immediately stop and stay. To a nonhunting house pet, the term “whoa� is similar to “stay,� but it should also stop any behavior that is currently happening. When the well-trained dog hears “Whoa,� he will stop in his tracks and wait there for further instruction. This

command allows the trainer to stop everything and retrace steps, correct errors, or make adjustments. The most pivotal reason that “whoa� holds the importance it does is because of your dog’s safety. Your hunting dog is excited, even thrilled, to be hunting at your side. Your dog may be so thrilled, in fact, that he does not notice the rattlesnake, skunk, or porcupine. As the human, you have to be able to alert your dog to the danger and immediately stop him. Other dangers that you might encounter on your hunt are swiftly moving rivers or thin ice atop lakes and ponds. Beyond that, your dog’s excitement can carry him across roads where vehicles are not alert to your dog’s presence. It is crucial that you see the entire situation ahead of you and can

stop your dog in his tracks. The dog’s mastery of the “whoa� command could save his life. There are various ways to train the “whoa� command. One method uses a sling of sorts that allows the trainer to lift the dog into the air, removing him from his comfort zone. There is also the table method that places the dog atop a table for training. The barrel method is similar to this, but takes place on a barrel turned on its side. The barrel will roll if the dog moves, so this is an effective way to teach the dog to hold still. There is also the walking method where the training takes place as you are in forward motion. Regardless of your method, teaching the “whoa� command is a very important element in your dog’s training.

All welcome at Wall Lake Club’s banquet

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License Agents Alco 218 E 15 St, Miller 605-853-9299 M-Sat 8AM-8PM, Sun 9AM-6PM Midwest Supply 119 E 2nd St, Miller 605-853-2121 Ace Hardware 219 N Broadway, Miller 605-853-3304 Ree Heights Grocery 114 S Dakota Ave, Ree Heights 605-943-5532 And online at www.gfp.sd/gov

Last year, the club purchased 30 tons of ear corn for wildlife food. Members also sponsored the Kids’ Fishing Derby, held at Lake Louise in June. Sixty-two kids participated. Hubbard said every young angler received ďŹ shing gear. Prizes, furnished by the club and Cabela’s, were presented to the winners in the biggest-ďŹ sh categories. And of course, they provided hot dogs and pop for kids and adults alike. The club donated $750 for the Hand County 4-H Shooting Sports. Later on, for the annual youth HuntSAFE course, the club provided clay pigeons and shells, plus pop and pizza. Young participants in the HuntSAFE course are invited to a pheasant hunt on Kenny Werdel’s land. Wall Lake Hunting Club provided clay pigeons and shells, as well as plenty of food. Two shotguns were given during the hunt, one provided by the club, and one by hunter Kirby Growe. The club also provided a youth rie to a young hunter, whose name was drawn from those who had purchased Hand County deer licenses. Wall Lake Hunting Club was formed February 6, 1959, and had 75 members, who shared a passion for hunting, ďŹ shing and the outdoor life. That tradition continues.

Fluorescent Orange Big game licensees hunting with a firearm in SD must wear at least one exterior garment of fluorescent orange while hunting. Garments include hat, shirt, vest, jacket, coat or sweater. Turkey hunters do not need to wear fluorescent orange. Firearms It is illegal to use an auto-loading or selfloading firearm capable of holding more than six cartridges to hunt big game; or capable of being operated as a full automatic to hunt big game or small game. Only soft point or expanding bullets are permitted.

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Nonresident Shooting Preserve, Five-Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $67*

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Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Here is one way to begin preparing pheasants for the table. Equipment needed: a sturdy pair of kitchen or game shears. At all steps in the process take care to avoid cutting yourself on the sharp edges of broken bones. Step 1 First, remove the wings by cutting them off as close to the body as possible. Again, watch out for broken bones. Step 2 Remove both wings. Step 3 Remove the head by cutting through the neck as close to the body as possible. Step 4 The next step is to remove the legs. Remember that you must keep one leg attached to the bird for transport. The spur on the leg identiďŹ es the bird as a legal cock pheasant. Step 5 Remove the leg by cutting at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;kneeâ&#x20AC;? joint. Step 6 Starting at the top of the breast, skin the bird by pulling the skin toward the tail. Step 7 As you begin skinning, the crop will be exposed. Step 8 By noting what food is in the crop, you can begin to plan your next hunt to take advantage of this information. Step 9 Skin all the way to the tail. Remove tail by cutting it off at the point where it joins the body. Step 10 Cut along both sides of the backbone from neck to tail. Step 11 Pull backbone from tail to neck. Most of the entrails will come with it. Remove any remaining entrails and the lungs. Step 12 After washing in cold water, this bird is ready for packaging. Cleaned quickly and properly this bird will make for some ďŹ ne eating.

From Game, Fish & Parks With the opening of the 2012 South Dakota Pheasant Season just around the corner, SD GFP would like to provide you with links to all things pheasant. We hope you ďŹ nd the information you need at the links below, but if you have more questions, please feel free to contact Chuck Schlueter at Chuck. Schlueter@state.sd.us or Chris Hull at Chris. Hull@state.sd.us with any outdoor related questions you might have. Pheasant Outlook http://www.gfp.sd.gov/hunting/smallgame/pheasant-outlook.aspx Pheasant Economics http://www.gfp.sd.gov/hunting/smallgame/pheasant-economics.aspx Pheasant History http://www.gfp.sd.gov/hunting/smallgame/images/pheasant-stats.pdf Pheasant Recipes http://www.gfp.sd.gov/to-do/cooking/ pheasant.aspx Public Hunting Opportunity (Walk Ins) http://www.gfp.sd.gov/hunting/areas/ License Fees & Requirements http://www.gfp.sd.gov/licenses/generalhunt-ďŹ sh/license-list.aspx Mentored Hunting http://www.gfp.sd.gov/hunting/youthhunt/mentored-hunt/default.aspx Hunting Regulations http://www.gfp.sd.gov/hunting/ regulations/default.aspx Other Hunting Season Info http://www.gfp.sd.gov/hunting/default. aspx Pheasant Biology (4-part series) http://www.gfp.sd.gov/ePubs/digest/ PheasantEcology/PheasantEcology-online. pdf Hunter Safety & Safety Tips http://www.gfp.sd.gov/outdoor-learning/ hunter-education/ Nontoxic Shot requirements http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/areas/rulesinformation.aspx Turn In Poachers http://gfp.sd.gov/agency/law-enforcement/ turn-in-poachers.aspx

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he pheasant season is a welcome event to the Miller area. Hand County one of the top counties for the number of pheasants harvested per non-resident hunter and local residents are always ready to extend a welcoming hand to visitors during hunting season. Hunters spent more than $8 million in Hand County during the 2010 season, which is a welcome boon to the economy. According to records, 70,613 pheasants were harvested in Hand County last year! Through the years our community has become a hunterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paradise by gearing up to host pheasant hunters. The business community increases their capacity and service during the season. Our airport has extended the runway and constructed a pilotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lounge for the convenience of hunters that ďŹ&#x201A;y into our region. Various community groups cater to meeting the needs of pheasant hunters. We are fortunate to live in an area that has such a vibrant community. We have top-notch agricultural production, the hospital is expanding, our business community is secondto-none for a town our size, we have a wind farm, and the school system is excellent. Our community boasts excellent recreational opportunities, which include golďŹ ng, Lake Louise Recreation Area, ďŹ shing, a drive-in theatre and racing cars or go-karts. Cultural opportunities abound with an active arts council, historical so-

ciety, and writers group. On Hand Development Corporation plays a role in assisting our business community. The mission of On Hand Development Corporation is to support the growth of new businesses and assist the expansion of existing businesses while striving to improve the overall economy of the Miller area. To meet our mission, we employ a number of strategies. We can assist with business planning, ďŹ nancing, and site location. We work with many local, state, public and private organizations that support businesses such as the City of Miller, the Small Business Administration, the Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OfďŹ ce of Economic Development, and Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation. We also work closely with the Miller Civic and Commerce, which has been very active over the past year in promoting Miller and improving the business climate in our area. eel free to stop in and visit us anytime. It would be our pleasure to assist you in your business ventures. Even if you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t starting or expanding a business, but just have some ideas for how our community could improve, we would appreciate your input. With the opportunities that are available in our area we are looking forward to being â&#x20AC;&#x153;On Handâ&#x20AC;? for another exciting year!

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Convenient campground facilities S & J Campground in St. Lawrence offers all the amenities youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re planning to camp during the hunt. The campgound, located next door to Willieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steakhouse, has 10 campsites, with water, sewer, electricity and garbage disposal. Whether you have a large motor home or a two-person tent, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll enjoy the quiet campground with plenty of parking space.

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Top treatment for manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best friend any hunters consider their trusty hunting dog a true and necessary companion when stalking the pheasants. Dr. Eric Knock and Dr. Heather Mitchell of Miller Veterinary Clinic are geared up for hunting season and taking care of any needs that might arise. Dr. Knock says several hunters stop by before hunting to get the dogs their yearly vaccinations. And the clinic always has someone on call in case of an emergency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get a lot of calls when a dog is injured, perhaps they tangled with barbed wire or have other medical needs,â&#x20AC;? Dr. Knock said. In addition to providing vaccinations and responding to medical/ surgical needs, Miller Vet Clinic

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Pump â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;N Pak oďŹ&#x20AC;ers quality food, served with a smile ump â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;N Pak is a busy place. Obviously, the store sells diesel and gasoline. But owner Lorelei Simons says a big draw is the food. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hot Stuff Pizza and Smash Hits Deli bring in a lot of customers. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good, quality food.â&#x20AC;? Lorelei has owned Pump â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;N Pak for 13 years, and she gives much credit for the operationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success to her employees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are just the best. They are great people,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are also knowledgeable if hunters come in with questions. We know the names of people who have lands to hunt on. We enjoy our visitors and want to make them feel at home.â&#x20AC;? The store carries a full line of snacks, pop and beer, ice and ice pops and convenience store items. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also have cold 12-packs and gallons of water. The hunters appreciate that.â&#x20AC;? Lorelei promotes their full line of breakfast items, including breakfast piz-

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Look no further for outdoor needs imonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Outdoor Sports, owned by Dale Simons, is located on the south side of  Highway 14 in St. Lawrence, on the east side of town. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for ďŹ rearms and equipment, Simons has a full inventory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The focus is on ďŹ rearms, ammo and accessories for guns,â&#x20AC;? Dale explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have riďŹ&#x201A;es, shotguns, handguns, black powder guns, a good selection of ammunition and accessories for guns.â&#x20AC;? This includes high-powered deer riďŹ&#x201A;es as well as shotguns for small game. Dale says people buy handguns for personal protection, but also for sport. Dale grew up in the area, and was always involved in the hunting seasons. His interest just kept growing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had an uncle who had a federal ďŹ rearms license. When he decided not to renew his license, I applied, and got itâ&#x20AC;? Application must be made through BATFE. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It includes being ďŹ ngerprinted and having a background check done, and paying the license fee,â&#x20AC;? Dale says. The license must be renewed every three years.

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The Miller Press

2012 Hunting Guide - page 10

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Thinking of buying a hunting vehicle this year? Michael Jacobs, regional manager with Club Car and an avid hunter, tells you how to make the right choice and prevent buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remorse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finding the vehicle that works for you depends on your style of hunting and living,â&#x20AC;? Jacobs says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To uncover that, ask yourself the following six questions. Then, go one step higher than you think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need. That gives you ďŹ&#x201A;exibility and helps you avoid the regret that comes after getting stuck miles away from your truck or being unable to access good hunting sites.â&#x20AC;? 1.  How Will You Use the Vehicle? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most people use their vehicles for more than hunting,â&#x20AC;? says Jacobs. Do you plan to cruise the beach? Do chores around your land? Go trail riding? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knowing this up front will help you get more miles for your dollar.â&#x20AC;? Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also need to think about where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be hunting. If you plan to park your vehicle on the side of the road and walk to the hunting site, a pickup or Jeep may be right for you. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But if you want to drive into the woods, an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or utility transportation vehicle (UTV) will be a better option,â&#x20AC;? Jacobs says. ATVs vs. UTVs: Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Difference? If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a fast, nimble, less expensive vehicle, consider an ATV. Originally designed for trail riding, these lightweight gasoline-powered recreational vehicles are easy to trailer and hide. They feature a motorcycle-style seat and handlebars with a throttle and brake lever. On the downside, ATVs are designed for one rider and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have car-

go beds. They can comfortably carry only a guy and his gun. â&#x20AC;&#x153;ATVs are not good work vehicles, and there are no cabs for safety or weather protection,â&#x20AC;? Jacobs says. UTVs, on the other hand, are a cross between a pickup and an ATV. Designed speciďŹ cally for offroad use, they are great for hunting, work and neighborhood transportation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These multi-purpose vehicles drive like automobiles and have cargo beds, but they have smaller wheel bases than trucks, so they can weave in and out of trees and navigate narrow paths,â&#x20AC;? says Jacobs. Like ATVs, UTVs are easy to trailer and hide. Many come with seat belts and roll over protection systems. And theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re available in a range of models. But UTVs are a bit more expensive than ATVs, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not quite as nimble. 2. How Many Passengers Do You Want to Carry? If you want to hunt with family and friends, think ahead and select a vehicle large enough to accommodate your party. That may not be a pickup or ATV. 3. Gas, Electric or Diesel? People often think they need to buy a gas or diesel-powered vehicle to get a longer range, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not true. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Electric vehicles will also give you sufďŹ cient range for a good dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hunting,â&#x20AC;? Jacobs says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In fact, seasoned hunters often prefer electric vehicles because they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t create fumes and noises that frighten animals, so they help preserve your hunting area.â&#x20AC;? If you buy a gasoline or diesel-powered vehicle, look for a big tank and long range. 4. Two- or Four-Wheel Drive? That depends on

how far off the beaten path you venture. If you mainly travel trails, a 4x2 may be ďŹ ne. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be crossing creeks; driving in snow, rain or mud; climbing hills; or covering rocky terrain, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll want a 4x4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A 4x4 will get you into prime hunting areas and help you avoid getting stuck in the woods,â&#x20AC;? Jacobs says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And 4x4s come with seat belts and roll over protection systems.â&#x20AC;? Compare Four-wheel Drive Systems If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got your heart set on a 4x4, Jacobs suggests you do your due diligence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are big differences in ease of use and performance,â&#x20AC;? he says. With most four-wheel drive systems, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to push the right levers, select the right gears and worry about locks. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, most four-wheel drive utility vehicles require you to come to a full stop â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or even back up â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to engage the locking differentials. 5. What About Ground Clearance and Axle Articulation?  If you want to get into extreme terrain, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need a 4x4 UTV with excellent ground clearance and good axle articulation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Axle articulation is the ability to travel uneven terrain while maintaining ground contact on all four tires and preserving traction and torque,â&#x20AC;? Jacobs says. 6. Other Considerations? Compare bed size and payload. These can differ considerably from model to model and manufacturer to manufacturer. Look for a vehicle designed to accommodate the hunting accessories you want. Those might include ďŹ&#x201A;oor-mounted gun racks, canopy tops, windshields, nerf bars, brush guards, camouďŹ&#x201A;age paint, heaters, stereos and more.

Highplains Pheasant Hunting is part of Cannon River Ranches, located in central South Dakota. Highplains Pheasant Hunting offers a wide range of habitat for your hunting pleasure. There are endless opportunities to fill your limit, whether it is CRP, creek bottoms, tree belts, food plots or grass strips.

Not quite roughinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; it â&#x20AC;˘ Enjoyable atmosphere â&#x20AC;˘ Sleeping quarters for 20+ people â&#x20AC;˘ Bedding & towels provided â&#x20AC;˘ Kitchen & utensils â&#x20AC;˘ Gas grills â&#x20AC;˘ Bathrooms with showers

â&#x20AC;˘ Facility to clean birds or bird cleaning provided â&#x20AC;˘ Freezers available for birds â&#x20AC;˘ Guide & transportation to fields â&#x20AC;˘ Shooting clays available â&#x20AC;˘ Bring your dog, food, beverages and enjoy

Highplains Pheasant Hunting Lawrence Coss, owner - Dale & LeAnn Suhn, managers Located 18 miles south of Miller, SD on Highway 45 605-852-2306 or 605-870-1135 www.highplainspheasants.com

Highplains Pheasant Hunting oďŹ&#x20AC;ers all the comforts of home Accommodations at Highplains Pheasant Hunting are comfortable, to say the least, with spacious sleeping areas, leather chairs and couches, state of the art cooking facilities and plenty of room to kick back after a day of hunting. Highplains consists of 1,200 acres, and is part of Cannon River Ranches, a 20,000acre ranch located 18 miles south of Miller on Highway 45. Highplains Pheasant Hunting, now in its second year of operation, operates as a hunting preserve from September 1 to March 31, but also provides services during the regular pheasant season (October 20, 2012-January 6, 2013). The ranch and hunting preserve is

owned by Lawrence Coss, and Dale and LeAnn Suhn are the managers. Dale Suhn says the hunting lodge sleeps 15, and an additional house sleeps six more. Groups of 12 to 15 have exclusive use of the facilities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We provide everything but food,â&#x20AC;? Suhn commented. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a fullyequipped kitchen. There is a place for hunters to clean their birds, and then package and freeze them at the lodge until they are ready to leave. We provide ďŹ eld guides, a kennel for the dogsâ&#x20AC;Śa good place to get away.â&#x20AC;? Suhn said the idea for a hunting preserve â&#x20AC;&#x153;sort of evolved.â&#x20AC;? He said as the facilities were improved and expanded, it seemed a hunting preserve would be a good ďŹ t. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The area is sort of isolated, and it provides a great place to get together and enjoy hunting for three or four days.â&#x20AC;? Suhn urges hunters to contact them by calling 605-852-2306 or 605-870-1135. For more information, go to www.highplainspheasants.com.


2012 Hand County Hunting Guide