FLANDREAU, SD - Despite our early snow and cold temperatures, some South Dakota hunting lodges are booked through the holidays. With pheasant numbers on the rise from last year, we caught up with a few hunters bagging their limits and having a good time.
The bitter cold can't keep Paul Frauen and his family from the Kansas City area out of the field. They've been coming to South Dakota for three straight years now.
"I like it because you're out, you're moving around and covering a lot of miles. Watching the dogs work is by far my favorite part," Frauen said.
Frauen and company are staying at the Rooster River Hunting Lodge in Flandreau. Matt Kitto, who works at the lodge, says business is booming.
"Our season has been going phenomenal. We've seen a lot of repeat customers but we've had a lot of new customers come in. I tell you what, you couldn't ask for better bird numbers. The bird hatch was real good and we've seen a lot of young birds," Kitto said.