Near Redfield in Spink County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
First successful stocking of pheasants in South Dakota
Readfield'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. Schalke and H.A. Hagman secured three pairs of pheasants from Grants Pass, Oregon. The three men went to Hagman'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 Capitol of the World.
Location. 44° 55.05′ N, 98° 30.746′ W. Marker is near Redfield, South Dakota, in Spink County. Marker is on U.S. 281 0.4 miles north of 171st St., on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Redfield SD 57469, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abbie Gardner Council Rock (within shouting distance of this marker); Redfield Carnegie Library (approx. 2.7 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 101 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 19, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.