Let’s kill some birds

While cattle pile up in the West (because the Repugs won’t pass a farm bill) and relief is not coming (because the Repugs decided to shut down government for 16 days) Noem, still in denial, and can’t comprehend why cattle ranchers are not getting relief (you shut down the government, McFly), she still finds time to shoot dumb, skinny, flavorless birds imported from China.

As I heard someone say today at a gathering, “How can someone be that stupid?”


#1 Winston on 10.20.13 at 8:30 pm

Did you see the picture of Thune, his brother, and father also sporting orange vests this past weekend?

“Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”

#2 rufusx on 10.20.13 at 9:33 pm

Sad that thois passes as “sport”. Even sadder – as far as rural SD culture goes – Noem and Thune actually ARE brighter than the average bulb.

#3 Poly43 on 10.20.13 at 10:15 pm

It is not “sport”. Not even close. Thune hunts on a pheasant farm that raises the birds in a pen, released the day before the opener and subsequently slaughtered. Pen raised pheasants rarely fly, and need to be coaxed to flight. Those that are not shot, die in the wild from starvation because their beaks are trimmed to keep them from pecking each other to death while penned. Sport my ass. Same for noem and her very own racota valley outfitters.

#4 LJL on 10.20.13 at 10:32 pm

I think DL is trying to drive me mad with all this Krusty Noem postings.

Rest assured the cattle farmers will get a check.

Not to totally change the subject buy anyone see this.


Has now turned into this.


Healthcare and wealthfare reform needs to be priority #1.

#5 Winston on 10.20.13 at 10:55 pm

One of them should have invited Cheney along…..

#6 Poly43 on 10.20.13 at 11:09 pm

One of them has. Ask thune how much he enjoyed hunting with deadeye dick in 2004 on the paul nelson hunting operation in Onida. Ever wonder what it might cost to enjoy this sport the way thune and noem do it?

This straight from the paul nelson website back in 2006.

Paul Nelson Farm

2006 Price Guide & Reservation Information

Hunt Package for Parties of 6 or More: $3995 per person

5 hunters: $4395
4 hunters: $4595
3 hunters: $4895
2 hunters: $5195
1 hunter: $5495

3 full days of hunting

Unlimited private sporting clays range

All ammunition provided for clays and hunting

5 pheasants per day (15 birds total)

Option to shoot extra birds at $43 per bird

All meals and beverages included

#7 anominous on 10.20.13 at 11:28 pm

Yeah, all these hunts are totally “canned” around here. It’s embarrassing.

#8 Winston on 10.20.13 at 11:35 pm

I am surprised they don’t ride on horses, wearing white britches and Prince Charles boots with Fox Hounds running alongside them….

#9 Craig on 10.21.13 at 8:52 am

The ironic part about this is the last politician that visited South Dakota due to a desire to actually hunt (as opposed to those who merely interested in the photo op) was Dick Cheney.

How scary is that?

The rest of them – Democrat and Republican – only hunt because they think it will help them win votes and earn them some support from the NRA. You shut off the camera and they lose all interest, and the vast majority only hunt on opening day (for a couple of hours) and when they have some wealthy campaign contributors visiting for a hunt.

The nice thing is since they don’t actually use their gear they can return it to Cabelas at the end of the week and get their money back. Then they can buy the button-up flannel shirt and Carhart jacket they need to get some stock footage walking through a cornfield during harvest pretending that they care about the family farmer.

Yes… I’ve seen the reruns – I know how the story ends.

#10 donCoyote on 10.21.13 at 9:36 am

While Noem blasts birds, Corinna Robinson, wannabe Congress Critter, pulls a muscle dragging a turkey out of her carpetbag. Does she seriously believe that raising the minimum wage will reduce homegrown terrorism or was she just telling one of those nuanced East Coast jokes?

#11 anominous on 10.21.13 at 3:36 pm

Noem should take some selfies atop her herd buryin’ loader.

#12 rufusx on 10.21.13 at 5:48 pm

Hey Coyote!! – Is Stace Nelson a carpetbagger too? After all he spent 20 years living out of state in service to the country before he returned and ran for office. That was a turkey though.

#13 scott on 10.21.13 at 8:28 pm

Ruf, that’s different. Nelson is a republican.

#14 OldSlewFoot on 10.21.13 at 9:05 pm

My, how you all have desecrated the most sacred South Dakota Holiday — The Pheasant Opener.

Getting together with family and friends you only see at holidays and special occasions.

Some of us from central SD still live like that.

As for paid hunting…more power to them…just one more cash crop in South Dakota…we need as many as we can get.

Poly 43 – Did you run a pheasant farm, you seem to have some inside knowledge of how to keep those roosters in tow? That is not how we raise pheasants out on the farm.

#15 Poly43 on 10.21.13 at 10:02 pm

Back in the day, when I still believed pheasant hunting was sport, some friends and myself bought 60 roosters from a “farm” and released them the day before the opener on private property. The hunt was a complete joke. Our dogs could walk up to a bird and pick it up. Pen raised birds have zero survival instincts.

BTW, how the hell can you call this SPORT? Sport is played on a level playing field. Til pheasants can shoot back, it’ll never be SPORT.


#16 Craig on 10.22.13 at 8:56 am

Poly I understand your point, but the people who can afford those private hunting fees are not the norm. That is like claiming the idea of driving is for elites just because a few BMWs are sold each week.

The majority of ‘regular’ South Dakota hunters go out into private or public land and hunt wild birds just as they have for decades. Some others will hunt on private hunting preserves where habitat is provided and where food plots are planted for the sole purpose of attracting and retaining birds. Those which artificially stock their birds the day before the hunt with cage-raised pheasants are a very small minority (although they make easy targets so I have no argument with calling them out on their idiocy).

As to your sport comment everyone is entitled to their opinions, but it does take skill to be able to shoot a true wild bird. I suck at it… which is probably why I don’t bother anymore. Well that and the fact I have zero desire to eat pheasant.

However, if a sport requires the target to fire back… does that mean “sporting clays” is an oxymoron? I know a lot of people love golf, but if it was played in a minefield or if the ball could explode upon impact I’m not sure how much interest there would be.

#17 Poly43 on 10.22.13 at 10:36 am

If hand eye coordination is all it takes to be sporty, then my eight year old grandson belongs on the Olympic team for Xbox game playing skills.

In general, I no longer consider any hunting as sport. Did when I was younger, but no more. To kill and call it sport is not my thing and damn proud to say it.

#18 Craig on 10.22.13 at 11:07 am

Well I don’t think curling or jumping on a trampoline are sports either… but they are in the Olympics.

Tell your grandson to keep with it – if trends continue the IOC will probably drop cycling and weighlifting and instead add “Call of Duty” and “Grand Theft Auto” to the list of events.

Careful though… I hear the Chinese are using performance enhancing drugs like RedBull, Doritos, and Mt. Dew.

#19 Poly43 on 10.22.13 at 12:45 pm

Or maybe a job piloting drones for the CIA. Curling? Bad. So is synchronized swimming.

#20 donCoyote on 10.22.13 at 7:34 pm

Hey Roofs! Ms Robinson has been out of the military for six years. I guess that “no place like home” feeling just swept over her and she felt that need to finally return home and save us from all those underpaid, homegrown terrorists. At least Stace Nelson started out in the legislature first before swinging for the fence.

I can’t help but notice that the last Democrat carpetbagger that took on Noem, Matt Varilek, got bored with the state and is now living life large in Denver as a desk jockey for the SBA. Ahhh, government jobs, aren’t they grand?

#21 Detroit Lewis on 10.22.13 at 9:12 pm

Watched the AL’s ‘100 Slobs’ show today, Monty was on the defense of Noem being ‘intelligent’. Cracked me up. Anybody who votes for a government shutdown, not once, but twice in a matter of a week, should not only be a US congressperson, they should be forced to take a couple of civics lessons. And maybe Noem knows how to put on a hoop earring, milk a cow and hairspray the f’ck out of her Mitchell hairdo, but she doesn’t know shit about negotiating laws in the halls of Congress.

Monty’s defense of her intelligence made me ill.

#22 Craig on 10.23.13 at 8:30 am

Odd how don finds the need to start talking about Robinson as if that is somehow connected to the subject. Even more strange that he has such a fixation on her residence.

Come to think of it, that seems to be one of the primary complaints conservatives have had of Democrat candidates in recent years. They complained that Daschle had a home in D.C. They complained that Herseth-Sandlin went away to Georgetown and lived outside the state for a while (those darn East Coast schools ain’t got nutin’ on our Northern State you know), they complained about Varilek pursuing his higher education not only out of state but even out of country, and now they are already starting the complaints about Robinson living elsewhere.

If that is the best they can do, no wonder they keep electing people like Noem to represent them. I’d rather put substance, results, and integrity ahead of geography and small-town loyalty… but to each their own.

#23 Detroit Lewis on 10.24.13 at 10:35 am

Yeah, Robinson, darn carpetbagger, how dare she works protecting our country for 25 years in other states and countries.

#24 Craig on 10.24.13 at 3:14 pm

Another way to look at it… if Noem is the best our state has to offer, then perhaps it is in our best interests to widen the search area.