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For the last couple decades it’s been no surprise to see North and South Dakota listed among the best destinations for pheasant hunting.

The two states in the Western United States are world renowned for pheasant hunting among other attractions and activities.

Pheasants Forever releases the list each year. The Dakotas are always included in the list with the usual suspects showing up each year.

Here is a recap of the towns that made the list for 2013:

1. Pierre, South Dakota

3. Hettinger, North Dakota

4. Huron South Dakota

13. Eureka, South Dakota

14. Wing, North Dakota

15. Redfield South Dakota

The names on the list probably aren’t surprised. In fact, Redfield is known around the world as “Pheasant Capital Of The World”. It’s the only place that can officially use that trademark and there would be few that would debate the name.

The list is actually for all game birds. Wisconsin even made the list for Park Falls, which has been known to have great ruffed grouse hunting.

But pheasants are the king of the game bird population and for the best pheasant hunting in the world you have to go to North and South Dakota.

We’ve been touching recently on the threats to pheasant hunting in the Dakotas. The big threat is the rundown in CRP acreage in the states.

Pressure on landowners is seeing an increase in land being used for mining and farming. The price is simply too high to pass up and natural habitat for pheasants and other game is being plowed over in favor of other uses.

Hopefully the continued push for keeping the Dakotas a premiere destination for pheasant hunting in the world will keep the habitat treading water.

If not, things could continue to look bleak for many of the top areas for pheasant hunting in the Dakotas.

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