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Corncob Pheasants at Cultural Heritage Center for Family Fun
South Dakota Ag Connection - 10/12/2018

Pheasants are flying in South Dakota as the hunting season begins. And corncob pheasants will fly out of the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre when visitors create their own corncob pheasant dart at Family Fun Saturday on Oct. 20 from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT.

All supplies are provided, and children should be accompanied by an adult. Admission to the museum gallery is free during program hours.

"It's amazing how much fun a corncob, pheasant tail feather and a few stickers for a pheasant head can be," said Jay Smith, museum director. "That we are doing corncob pheasants on the opening day of pheasant season is a wonderful coincidence."

The male ring-necked pheasant is a beautiful bird with a shiny green head with short "horns" of feathers, a red face and a white ring around his neck. The female is less flashy with mottled brown and black plumage. The pheasant is not native to the United States. Introduced from China in 1908, pheasants are a transplanted species that has thrived on the South Dakota landscape.

In 1943, the ring-necked pheasant was named South Dakota's state bird. The pheasant has been economically important to the state of South Dakota. In 1919, the first official pheasant hunt took place in Spink County. Pheasant hunting in the state continues to bring in millions of dollars in revenue each year.

The museum is open from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CDT Monday through Saturday, and 1-4:30 p.m. on Sundays and most holidays. Call 605-773-3458 for more information about exhibits, special events and upcoming activities.

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