This autumn, when the first freezing blasts of wind swept across the bleak grainfields of South Dakota, well-armed invaders descended upon the tiny airport at Watertown. Arriving from all over the U.S. by light plane, private DC-3 and commercial aircraft, they touched down and presently enjoyed some of the finest pheasant shooting in the U.S. Last year, 19,428 out-of-state gunners and 118,000 South Dakotans shot over a million and a half cocks in the month-long season, and this year the bag should be even higher. For a look at pheasant hunting overseas see page 76.
Illinois hunters Don Getts (left), a cement contractor, and Realtor Russell Johnson flew from Rockford in Beechcraft Bonanza.
Missouri arrivals include William Shean of Springfield (right), Lon H. Perry, a partner of General Insurance, Inc., St. Louis.
Dallas Investor John Murchison, son of fabled Clint, is greeted by executive of Midland National Life, a Murchison enterprise.
Virginia physician, Dr. Jerome Cope of Arlington, arrives the night before the season opens. Cope is a former Watertown boy.
Washington, D.C. surgeon and Georgetown University professor, Dr. Howard Strine, disembarks from a special Braniff flight.
Texas party, who came up in their own DC-3, includes Vannie Cook (right), owner of a Coca-Cola bottling plant in McAllen.