Worlds Largest Pheasant
Backstory and Context
Huron became home to a conservation effort in the 1940s in hopes of saving the pheasants from extinction. South Dakota named the pheasant the state bird and this statue was created to raise awareness. Laws were changed to limit hunting the birds to two seasons a year instead of four and the numbers began to climb back to the sustainable range.
For the people of Huron, it’s still a yearly tradition to observe the release of a ringneck pheasant because of the strong history within the town. In 2011 twenty thousand dollars was raised in order to restore the pheasant statue. Schaun Schnathorst and his brother Bob Carlson repaired the fiberglass and repainted the bird which remains a symbol of the community.
help center, Huron. World's Largest Pheasant. . Accessed February 22, 2019. https://www.huronsd.com/visiting-huron/points-of-interest/worlds-largest-pheasant.