Joe Ahlquist|Visual Journalist | Family Pheasant Hunting Opener

Family Pheasant Hunting Opener

Photos by Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader

 

On Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, I found myself out pheasant hunting with a family that's made a tradition of getting together on the South Dakota pheasant hunting opener.

Pheasant OpenerPheasant OpenerLarry Rohrer kneels in a field with his dog while pheasant hunting during pheasant hunting opener near Howard, S.D., on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader) Larry Rohrer kneels in a field with his dog while pheasant hunting during pheasant hunting opener near Howard, S.D., on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013.

 

Pheasant OpenerPheasant OpenerLarry Rohrer carries a pheasant he had just shot along a fence line while hunting during pheasant hunting opener near Howard, S.D., on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader) Larry Rohrer carries a pheasant he had just shot along a fence line.

 

Pheasant OpenerPheasant OpenerJessica Peterson puts an orange vest on 1-year-old Cooper Peterson before going hunting during pheasant hunting opener near Howard, S.D., on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader) Jessica Peterson puts an orange vest on 1-year-old Cooper Peterson before going hunting during pheasant hunting opener near Howard, S.D.

 

Pheasant OpenerPheasant OpenerChad Redlinger waits for a pheasant to fly his direction while hunting during pheasant hunting opener near Howard, S.D., on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader) Chad Redlinger waits for a pheasant to fly his direction while hunting during pheasant hunting opener.

 

Pheasant OpenerPheasant OpenerScott Simpson makes his way through a corn field while hunting during pheasant hunting opener near Howard, S.D., on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader) Scott Simpson makes his way through a corn field.

 

Pheasant OpenerPheasant OpenerA rooster pheasant sails over a corn field untouched by hunters' shots during pheasant hunting opener near Howard, S.D., on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader) A rooster pheasant sails over a corn field untouched by hunters' shots.

 

Pheasant OpenerPheasant OpenerWillie works a corn field while hunting during pheasant hunting opener near Howard, S.D., on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader) Willie works a corn field while hunting during pheasant hunting opener.

 

Pheasant OpenerPheasant OpenerBob McNames looks out the window of his truck while driving to a location to hunt during pheasant hunting opener near Howard, S.D., on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader) Bob McNames looks out the window of his truck while driving to a location to hunt.

 

Pheasant OpenerPheasant OpenerScott Simpson gives his dog Willie a drink of water while hunting during pheasant hunting opener near Howard, S.D., on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader) Scott Simpson gives his dog Willie a drink of water while hunting.

 

Pheasant OpenerPheasant OpenerTate McNames, 3, talks to people from a truck window during pheasant hunting opener near Howard, S.D., on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader) Tate McNames, 3, talks to people from a truck window.