All's good in South Dakota for fall pheasant

Even a bleak pheasant forecast in the Mount Rushmore State is apt to be utopian by any other standards.

Updated: January 17, 2005, 2:12 PM ET
By Ron Schara | Host of ESPN2's "Backroads with Ron & Raven"

On a recent Monday, all the world suddenly felt right.

The lawn work was done. The bank didn't call about another overdraft. The truck was packed with a Lab and a shotgun — and I was heading west.

Indeed, little is better than a Monday when you're South Dakota bound to go pheasant hunting.

It's the stuff that makes October a memorable month. There's a ringneck-rich pheasant forecast in the wind. The cornstalks are dried and rattling. And the prairie grasses wave with ...

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Pheasant time in S.D.