Esmond News

Opening of pheasant season brings hunters to town


Vicki Aughenbaugh recently returned from Meza, Ariz., spending time with her mother after the passing of her father, Bob Mann.

Adaline Reilly had as visitors and pheasant hunters last weekend the Mike DeJong family of Victoria, Minn., Rick and Kathy DeJong and the Van Diepen family from Cavour.

The Bornitz family pheasant hunters from Kansas, Tennessee and Missouri and other family members came for opening day of the season last Saturday.

Michelle Bornitz and children spent Friday night and Saturday visiting her mother in Sioux Falls.

Pheasant hunters at the Clendening’s Saturday featured the gathering of the “Old Guys” after a year off, due to COVID. The “Old Guys” include Marlin Clendening, Esmond; Dennis Gibbs of Sioux Falls; Gerry Hunter of Miller; and Ernie Fiala from Redwood Falls, Minn. They have hunted together for 50+ years. The youngest is 77, and the oldest is 85. Also hunting Saturday were Erik Wehlander of Vermillion; Ross and Ryan Petersen of De Smet; and Josh Petersen and sons of Watertown, S.D.

Recent visitors to Esmond have been John Kiffer Jr. of California and two sons, and the Lindstrom girls, granddaughters of the late Wayne and Faye Nelson, who were lifelong residents of the Esmond area.

Opening day of pheasant hunting report – So, So.

History Note – 1919: The spectacular affinity, the handy foreigner showed for the rolling grainlands of South Dakota inspired the Department of Game and Fish to open the first season in 1919 (from LE Clendening’s Game and Fish Laws pamphlet).


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