Several preserve operators seek 30-pheasant daily bag
FORT PIERRE — The operator of a Seneca pheasant hunting business asked Tuesday that hunters be allowed to take 30 roosters per day at South Dakota preserves.
The current limit is 20. It was increased from 15 in 2009.
Sal Roseland presented the draft of a petition seeking the rule change from the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission.
"Our total goal today was to get the conversation going," Roseland said.
He is part of the Roseland family that runs an 18,000-acre farming, ranching and hunting operation that is about halfway between Aberdeen and Pierre.
The standard daily limit is three roosters for hunters who aren't on preserves.
Jim Dailey, who operates Dakota Ridge preserve near Clear Lake, joined Roseland in speaking to the commission.
"We just have more people wanting to shoot more birds," Dailey said. "If somebody wants to buy something, it's only natural we would want to sell it to them."
Dailey said he has three groups that would like to shoot more than 20 birds per day.
Roseland said he has about 10 groups that would.
Commission chairman John Cooper, of Pierre, said there was "a lot of blue sky" in the men's argument that all sides would benefit.
Cooper suggested they put more work into the petition and better explain the benefits that would result, before they formally submit it.
GF&P Secretary Jeff Vonk said the proposal could use more details.
"It's probably going to be a controversial issue," commissioner Barry Jensen, of White River, said. "You really want to get it in order for the next one (meeting)."