governor's Pheasant habitat summit

Huron, SD - December 6, 2013

Summit Information

Pheasant Habitat Work Group Meeting Summaries


January 7, 2014

Pheasant Habitat Work Group Members Selected

PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced the members of a work group tasked with examining strategies for developing pheasant habitat in South Dakota.

The pheasant habitat work group continues the efforts Gov. Daugaard began last month with the first ever Governor's Pheasant Habitat Summit in Huron.

"Pheasant habitat and agriculture enjoy a symbiotic relationship in South Dakota," Gov. Daugaard said. "The work group will look for practical ways we can solidify our status as the world's greatest pheasant hunting destination while supporting agriculture - our number one industry."

The thirteen pheasant habitat work group members are:

  • Pam Roberts, Pierre (Chair) - retired Secretary of SD Department of Labor and Regulation
  • Barry Dunn, Brookings - dean, College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at South Dakota State University
  • Tim Kessler, Aberdeen - Pheasants Forever Board of Directors, former Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission chair
  • Mary Duvall, Pierre - District 24 state representative
  • Jason Frerichs, Wilmot - farmer, Senate Minority Leader, District 1 state senator
  • John Cooper, Pierre - GFP commissioner, former GFP Secretary
  • Steve Halverson, Kennebec - farmer, owner of Halverson Hunts
  • Jan Nicolay, Chester - former state representative, conservation advocate
  • Jeff Zimprich, Huron - USDA-NRCS state director
  • Doug Deiter, Faulkton - farmer
  • Jeff Vonk, Pierre - GFP Secretary
  • Lucas Lentsch, Pierre - SD Secretary of Agriculture
  • Nathan Sanderson, Pierre - Governor's policy advisor for agriculture and GFP

The pheasant habitat work group will develop recommendations to the Governor that focus on practical solutions for maintaining and improving pheasant habitat.

The work group will meet periodically through June, with a final report completed in late summer 2014.

Members of the public may submit ideas for encouraging pheasant habitat development to pheasanthabitat@state.sd.us, or by telephone at 605.223.7660. All submissions will be considered by the work group.


The following are videos from South Dakota Public Broadcasting during the Governor's Pheasant Habitat Summit.

opening remarks

Jeff Vonk - Secretary, South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Governor Dennis Daugaard

history of pheasants

Tony Leif - Director, Wildlife Division of South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

south dakota land use

Barry Dunn, Ph. D. - South Dakota Corn Utilization Council Endowed Dean, SDSU College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences

modern agricultural production

Bruce Knight - Principle and Founder, Strategic Conservation Solutions, LLC

Conservation Policies

Dave Nomsen - VP of Governmental Affairs, Pheasants Forever

pheasant hunting and tourism

Jim Hagen - Secretary, South Dakota Department of Tourism

Panel Discussion

Moderated by Lucas Lentsch - Secretary, South Dakota Department of Agriculture

findings of small group discussions and wrap-up