South Dakota governor Kristi Noem joked on Twitter earlier today that her state of South Dakota may be the only one that shoots their state bird.
Noem tweeted pictures from the 2020 Governor’s Hunt and thanked everyone who participated.
“Pheasant hunting is more than just a sport in South Dakota. It’s an economic engine and our way of life. We may be the only state that shoots our state bird, and we love it! Thanks to everyone who joined us for this year’s Governor’s Hunt and helped make it a tremendous success,” the governor tweeted.
South Dakota designated the ring-necked pheasant as the official state bird in 1943. A ring-necked pheasant is also featured on the U.S. Mint’s South Dakota quarter.
Kristi Noem Went Viral on Twitter in September
Back in September, Noem posted another pheasant hunting video on Twitter. It received millions of views within just a couple days. The short video starts with Noem in a corn field, decked out in hunting gear and holding a shotgun.
“This is how we do social distancing in our state,” Noem says.
Noem then looks away from the camera. Soon, a pheasant emerges from the right. Noem takes the bird down in a few shots.
“Less COVID, more hunting. That’s the plan for the future,” Noem says as the video comes to a close.
The video drew a response from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
“Are you bonkers or just cruel? Do you call it social distancing because with such needless violence no one will want to visit your state?,” PETA asks Noem.
Meanwhile, Noem responded “Many on the Left simply don’t understand our South Dakota way of life.”
Noem is unquestionably an ally of President Donald Trump’s. She has taken criticism from citizens of South Dakota and others around the country for questioning statewide lockdown measures and downplaying the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic.