Statewide Program Adding Land For Pheasant Hunting Season

ABERDEEN, S.D.(Dakota News Network)- A statewide program is adding more options of places to hunt as South Dakota’s pheasant season kicks off this weekend. The Pheasants Forever PATH program allows for landowners to open their hunting grounds to the public in exchange for incentives. The Aberdeen Pheasant Coalition has been offering the same kind of trade for some time now that has added four-thousand acres of land to the Aberdeen area. Pheasants Forever State Coordinator Matt Gotlobb says the national organization is looking to build off of that with the Public Access To Habitat program launching this season. It will also emphasize conservation, providing opportunities for hiking, biking, and wildlife photography, as well as fishing and trapping. Opening up more land for hunters to get out to is expected to boost local economies even more and create more jobs.