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A young pheasant hunter takes aim during the state’s annual youth hunt. South Dakota’s main pheasant hunting season opens today. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers)

Airport traffic heavy for South Dakota pheasant hunting opener

October 20, 2012 at 11:40 AM

The Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — It’s the time of year when the baggage claim area at South Dakota’s largest airport is chock full of duffel bags, shotguns and coolers.

It’s the opening of pheasant season for out-of-state hunters, many of whom fly into the Sioux Falls Regional Airport.

Airport officials say the pheasant opener rivals Thanksgiving and Christmas for traffic. About 1,800 passengers landed in Sioux Falls on Friday, about 700 more than on a typical day.

Wildlife officials say this year’s pheasant season could draw more than 100,000 out-of-state hunters.

Hunter Kevin Kodzis, who flew in Friday from California, tells the Sioux Falls Argus Leader () he expects to spend about $1,000 each day during his stay.

The season opens at noon Saturday and continues for nine weeks.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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