SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO.com) — This weekend is the out-of-state pheasant season opener in South Dakota. You can feel the excitement building! Hunters from all over are landing at the airport. Buying all the supplies they need.
Rep. Kristi Noem spent time in Mitchell and Sioux Falls today and she noticed visitors renting cars, heading for Cabela’s. Noem says, “it’s exciting for South Dakota, it’s good news that the bird numbers are up, and it sounds like we’re going to have great weather. So, it should be a great weekend!”
KELO.com News News Director Todd Epp asked the Republican candidate for governor if she had the time to spare and was planning on getting out this weekend? She said she’ll try and get out for a couple hours Saturday afternoon. “I usually try and hunt with my family but this year, I think I’m going to hunt with the Noem family because they have a shortage of dogs.” Noem has three hunting dogs that she says are “pretty good.”
Todd suggested maybe she should loan out her dogs for votes.
Noem said if she wins she’ll continue the governor’s hunt tradition. She says that’s a huge economic development tool for getting people together and recruiting businesses to the state of South Dakota. It shows people that we don’t just have a friendly business environment but we have fun activities as well.
Noem uses an automatic Benelli 20 gauge shotgun to hunt. She says she became a better shot when she switched from the 12 gauge to the 20 gauge cartridge.