The use of technology has crept into just about every corner of our society.

Techno-savvy wizards have developed all sorts of different ways to make our lives easier and in theory more efficient.

And yes, that even includes the sport of hunting in South Dakota.

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I'm not much of a hunter myself, however, I am a huge gun enthusiast. I prefer to collect firearms and use them for personal defense purposes, but not to bag small and big game.

I do know a number of people who love to hunt, and this time of year as expected, they are on cloud nine getting a chance to bag a few birds or go on their annual deer hunting excursions.

If you're a hunter yourself, you might be wondering if it's okay to use drones in South Dakota to help you locate and track the game you have in your sights.

The answer to that question is a big NO!

According to the folks at Advexure, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in South Dakota is not permitted at this time. It boils down to the ethics of a fair chase.

Being able to track all forms of game using drones equipped with things like heat sensors and a variety of other gadgets doesn't fly in a state like South Dakota.

Hunters make the argument that using drone technology can help prevent the needless suffering of animals who were just wounded during a hunt. It allows the hunter to find the prey much faster, therefore putting them out of their misery.

The use of drones is permitted in many states when it comes to fishing, however, in terms of hunting, drone usage does not fly in the great majority of states in the country.

You should know that only three states in the nation allow hunters to use drones in the actual pursuit of game, those three states are Kentucky, Maryland, and Delaware.

Many states also have a specific set of rules for state wildlife areas as well.

According to an article in, there is a handful of states, four to be exact that will allow hunters to use drone technology to aid them in the recovery of deer after it's been shot. Those states include Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Missouri.

Bottom line, it's best to familiarize yourself with your state's particular hunting laws before you attempt to employ all the different forms of techno gadgets that are available these days.


States with the most registered hunters

Stacker analyzed data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine which states have the most registered hunters. Read on to see how your state ranks on Stacker’s list.

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The 10 Most Redneck Towns in South Dakota

Are you a 'Redneck?' I guess to some people, all of us in South Dakota are rednecks.

If we use the Jeff Foxworthy Scale of Redneckeness, I have, in fact, been too drunk to fish. So by definition, I am a redneck. And so are many people I know.

Not that being from the country is a bad thing, and it can be fun to poke fun at ourselves.

With that in mind, we found that the folks at RoadSnacks put together a list that claims 'These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In South Dakota.'
What is a Redneck?

The dictionary says that a redneck is someone "...who lives in a small town or in the country, especially in the southern U.S., who typically has a working-class job, and who is seen by others as being uneducated and having opinions and attitudes that are offensive."

Well, a few things. First, South Dakota isn't THAT kind of 'south.' We're to the south of North Dakota, but to the north of 'The South.'

Plus that definition sounds awful mean and serious. I thought we were having fun here.

RoadSnacks leaned into the funny, Jeff Foxworthy-based version of a redneck. Then they rounded up select data on places in SD to determine their rankings. RoadSnacks Redneck Criteria:

  • Small towns
  • Least amount of high school graduates
  • Number of bars per city
  • Number of mobile home parks per capita
  • Number of tobacco stores per city
  • Number of places to get fishing gear
  • Number of guns and ammo stores per city
  • Walmarts, Bass Pro Shops, and dollar stores nearby

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