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Noem moving annual governor's pheasant hunt from Pierre to Sioux Falls

Starting in 2020, the annual governor's hunt will be moved to Sioux Falls.

Gov. Kristi Noem on Monday announced the decision to move the event from Pierre to Sioux Falls beginning in 2020. The 2019 Governor's Hunt will be based out of Pierre.

"Over the years, the Governor's Hunt has brought thousands of business leaders to our state to experience both our pheasant habitat and our business habitat," said Noem. "By easing accessibility and expanding opportunity at this event, we'll be able to introduce more people to everything South Dakota has to offer. We're transforming this annual summit into an industry showcase for the nation."

The announcement says the 2020 Governor's Hunt and Sportsmen's Showcase will include a public sportsman industry vendor fair with booths from South Dakota hunting, fishing, firearms, and other sportsmen-related industries from around the country. It will also include a banquet for state leaders and business prospects and a public concert at the Premier Center. Pheasant hunting will also be a part of the event.

"I am deeply grateful to the landowners, community leaders, and business owners in and around Pierre who have built the foundation of success for the Governor's Hunt. Thank you for your commitment to the tradition of this event over the years," said Noem.