Last weekend was the kickoff of pheasant hunting season on public lands for South Dakota residents and hunters are saying the hunting was spotty.
This weekend is the opening weekend for out-of-state hunters.
Pheasant numbers are down this year, but it's not stopping hunters from across the United States from flocking to what many told us today, the best pheasant hunting in the world.
"It's like Christmas," said Jason Johns, from Madison, Wisconsin.
It did look like the holiday rush out at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport but rather it was the start of hunting season.
Hundreds of hunters reunited with their buddies for their once a year outing to South Dakota for opening pheasant hunting weekend.
"If you're a pheasant hunter, South Dakota is the Mecca so it's where you want to be if you like killing roosters," said Dixon Gunther, from Kansas City.
Although pheasant numbers are down, the Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau said she has no worries this season will prove to be good for the economy.
"If our numbers are down for hunters coming in then I might be more worried, but the incoming hunter numbers don't seem to be down so I think that's a good sign," said Teri Schmidt, Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau.
These pheasant hunters said they're not worried about the lower pheasant population this year either.
"Even if pheasant numbers were up, it's how you're working the land, how the dogs are working the land and if instead of getting 20 we get 10, that's okay," said Johns.
"It's kind of a reunion of sorts and we've always gone to the same place and it's just all about the fun," said Ed Wright, from Little Rock, Arkansas.