Hunting & Fishing
Redfield is known for Pheasant Hunting but Redfield also has excellent deer, waterfowl and fishing opportunities.
Redfield'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, J. Schalkle and H.A. Hagmann secured three pairs of pheasants from Grants Pass, Oregon. The birds were kept in crates on the Schalkle farm before they were released.
L.J. Howard, who at the time was the Spink County Clerk of Courts, went with the three men to Hagmann's Grove, 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 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.
W.H. Over Museum, State University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D.
Volume 22, No. 9 September, 1961
“The Ring-Necked Pheasant in South Dakota" by William H. Over