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October 29, 2019 • Page 10 shop online at www.missourivalleyshopper.com Pheasant Hunting: A South Dakota Tradition By Governor Kristi Noem I grew up hunting. Dad took us big-game hunting, but it was my Grandma Dorris who made bird hunting such a big part of our family heritage. Still today, it’s something that brings my family together. (And how grateful this mom is for that!) As much as pheasant season is a family tradition for us, it was our family business for years as well. When things got tight after my dad passed away and we were hit by the Death Tax, we looked to diversify. They say: “When you don’t know what to do, do what you know.” Well, that’s exactly what we did. We focused our attention on hunting and started up a hunting lodge. It was hard work, but I loved it. Small businesses like this are spread across South Dakota, and they come alive this time of year. Overall, outdoor activities support around 18,000 full- and parttime jobs in South Dakota. This fall sport connects rural South Dakota with visitors from across the country who spend more than $175 million each year. With such a significant impact on our economy and our family dynamics, I’m committed to enhancing our state’s pheasant habitat. We need to protect this way of life for the next generation. Over the past decade, substantial changes have occurred across South Dakota’s landscape. CRP has been reduced from its peak of about 1.7 million acres to below 1 million acres. Additional grassland acres have been converted to agricultural row crops. Replacing this lost habitat and providing alternative incentive-based programs is more important now than it’s ever been before. This year, I’ve set into motion my plan to advance habitat and protect our outdoor culture. My expanded Hunt for Habitat program taps into auction tag and raffle licenses to raise money for habitat. Our nest predator bounty program is focused on reducing predators. We’ve partnered with producers to offer options for trying something new with their least productive acres. And we’re crowdsourcing for solutions too. We want everyone to be involved in this effort – it’s all about getting families outside together, mentoring new hunters, recreating with respect, and introducing kids to the adventure of nature. As South Dakota’s Sportsmanin-Chief, I’ll continue working to promote our state and our hunting culture. And don’t you worry… we’ll be hitting the fields too! I love that my kids still get excited about this South Dakota sport. It’s like a little piece of my Grandma Dorris still lives on through their excitement for Opening Day. To all of the hunters reading this, have a safe pheasant season. Hope to see you out there! finding the right job is easier than you think when you’ve got the right direction Stop searching. The Help Wanted section of the Missouri Valley Shopper lists many possible new job opportunities. Find a career that’s right for you. MV Shopper MV Shopper M I S S O U R I VA L L E Y M I S S O U R I VA L L E Y Gi ing Back champions for our community Heartland Humane Society Heartland Humane Society will provide housing or additional programming to over 1,000 animals this year, setting a new record for the 15-year-old organization. The local animal shelter continues to focus on doing even more. Statistically, Yankton County residents alone welcome an estimated 1,400 new animals annually. Heartland aims to be the first place folks look to when selecting a new pet. The adoption process remains simplified, focused more on conversation and education and less on stipulations. The more animals adopted from HHS, the more animals the shelter can serve. HHS is your community animal shelter leading the mission to have a “no kill” region by 2025. In 2013, HHS joined the efforts of Best Friends Network and thousands of other shelters with the same goal. The concept is basic – a healthy animal with a quality of life left, deserves the chance to leave that shelter alive, and not euthanized simply for space. In 2017, the city of Yankton, with a partnership with HHS, became one of the 2,500 communities across the nation acknowledged as a “no kill” community. The shelter is also one of the first animal rescue facilities in the state that owns its property, having completed a contract-for-deed this past January. In addition to surrender and adoption, Heartland provides emergency housing for victims of natural disaster or domestic violence, a free food pantry program, a FIDO training program at the Federal Prison Camp, pet education and therapy for all ages and holding services for both the City of Yankton and Yankton County. This year, HHS has been busy saving dogs from Texas and local Indian Reservations and assisting with flooded communities to rescue found puppies and surrendered dogs. To learn more, get involved walking dogs or playing with cats, or to inquire about adoption or surrender services, call 605-664-4244 or visit us at 3400 E Highway 50. Find us online at heartlandhumanesociety.net. Or, come join us on Saturday, November 9th at our upcoming gala – The Great Catsby. Tickets can be reserved by calling 605-664-4244. Recently adopted Lilly was showcased on the Hallmark TV channel morning show in October. Rufus Herbie Esme Pipster Boys and Girls Club youth visit Heartland Humane Society Big Mac Danny Director Kerry Hacecky and ABS volunteer Cindy take a selfie with the cats Ally Blue Adam Moose COX AUTO SUPPLY • Farm Filters • Hydraulic Hoses • Bearings & Seals 1007 Broadway, Yankton 605-665-4494 Dakota arcHErY & OutdOOr SpOrtS “We’ve Got You Covered” 605-665-8340 2305 E. 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