This weekend the Watertown Convention and Visitors Bureau is rolling out the orange carpet to welcome thousands of hunters to the area as this year’s Rooster Rush begins. Julie Knutson of the Watertown CVB says Watertown’s location makes the city, South Dakota’s front porch for hunters heading west…..

Knutson says they will be ready for the hunters to arrive and that is something they look forward to every year…..

It’s no secret that pheasant hunting is a key part of South Dakota’s outdoor legacy. According to the South Dakota Department of Tourism, there were over 119,000 resident and non-resident hunters in the state in 2018 which  generated $209 million to the South Dakota economy…..

Knutson says most of the questions she’s receives from out of state hunters concern access to public land. This year, she says, they are also getting a lot of questions about the use of personal protective equipment….

The Rooster Rush tent will be setup at the intersection of Highways 212 and 81 Friday from 9-6pm and Saturday from 8-12pm. Knutson encourages everyone to stop by and ride the mechanical pheasant which, once again will make a return appearance this year at the tent.  

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