Located just 15 minutes from the Mitchell, South Dakota, this premium pheasant hunt is top-shelf. Lots of roosters, hard-working labs, beautifully spacious lodging to accommodate 12, chef-prepared cuisine, optional fishing, waterfowl or big game hunting, corporate seminar opportunities combined into a superior, custom-tailored hunting vacation experience. Children under 18 and non-hunting spouses are welcomed to come along for free.
The excitement created by vibrantly colorful roosters suddenly exploding from cover, cackling and cussing the entire way while their streaming, foot-and-a-half long tail taunts us is an experience that few ever tire from experiencing! With about 6,000 acres scattered among South Dakota's premier pheasant habitat, this hunt may be customized to suit each individual's pace for physical activity. Guests may opt to shoot wild or preserve bird programs in grassland, agricultural crops of milo and corn, or both.
The spacious new lodge - ensconced with hardwood floors and tile throughout and equipped with fireplace, an open bar, internet access and luxurious, leather furniture -overlooks a rugged South Dakota landscape rife with pheasants and a beautiful lake. Each room has been prepared with a pair of very comfortable queen beds and private bath.
A hearty breakfast is served at 8:00 where guests may order the breakfast that suits them best. We head to the field at about 10 or 11, break for a expertly prepared sack lunch, and return to the lodge when the limit has been satisfied or at about 5 to 6. Let us prepare the birds for shipping home while you relax before supper. After appetizers, and maybe a few cocktails, Chef Gary will have undoubtedly created another multi-coursed, culinary masterpiece to include beef, or maybe even pheasant, home-made bread and desserts.
Fly or cast fishing for trout, bass or bluegill, 5-stand sporting clays, predator, deer or waterfowl hunting, and visiting the nearby Cabela's are among the activities that may be additionally enjoyed.
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South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Season usually opens the 3rd Saturday in October each year. The pheasant hunting typically remains very good through Thanksgiving.
South Dakota Pheasant Hunting rates:
October 17 - November 30 Peak South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Dates
$570.00 per day Executive Service South Dakota Pheasant Hunting
$470 per day Basic Service South Dakota Pheasant Hunting
$1,710 Standard 3-day Executive Service South Dakota Pheasant Hunting
$1,410 Standard 3-day Basic Service South Dakota Pheasant Hunting
$190 per day hunt-only guided South Dakota Pheasant Hunting
$175 per day hunt-only unguided South Dakota Pheasant Hunting
September 1 - October 15, December through January Off-Peak South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Dates
$470 per day Executive Service South Dakota Pheasant Hunting
$395 per day Basic Service South Dakota Pheasant Hunting
$1,410 Standard 3-day Executive Service South Dakota Pheasant Hunting
$1,185 Standard 3-day Basic Service South Dakota Pheasant Hunting
$175 per day hunt-only guided South Dakota Pheasant Hunting
$150 per day hunt-only unguided South Dakota Pheasant Hunting
Deposits: A 50% deposit of hunt price is required to reserve South dakota pheasant hunting dates. Hunt balances are due 60 days prior to the hunt.
*Special family rates are available for South Dakota Pheasant Hunting packages: Spouses and youths 16 years old or younger, provided that the entire family shares a room. Youth hunters pay $25 per bird only for pheasants killed.
If you're a wingshooter, and particularly an upland bird hunting enthusiast, experiencing these magnificant birds is a must-do. South Dakota pheasant hunting here will provide a premium shooting experience that all upland hunters will enjoy.
Click here to read the full South Dakota pheasant hunting field report by Gordon Shaw, October 2010
We suggest the following for South Dakota Pheasant Hunting:
Shooting glasses are recommended. They protect your eyes from brush, accidents and, depending on the color, can enable you to detect the bird faster.
Bring ear plugs or muffs. You may not want or wear them during hunting, but most people do some target shooting in the morning or evening.
Bring a quality shears or scissors if you intend to clean birds yourself. Bring plastic bags and an ice chest if you're transporting the birds.
South Dakota Pheasant Hunting:
Be prepared to dress in layers. It may be windy, wet, warmer or colder. You may be pushing or blocking. Consult the weather forecast for Mitchell, South Dakota, before your departure from home.
South Dakota Waterfowl Hunting:
The South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Tradition
The diverse landscape of South Dakota is characterized by an assortment of habitats and an abundant array of natural resources. For many outdoor enthusiasts, no other wildlife species in the state is as recognized or valued as the ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus). Though pheasants are not a native species to North America, they have become naturalized to the mosaic of grassland and agricultural land habitat found throughout South Dakota.
From the first successful releases of pheasants in 1908 to the current estimated population of around 10 million birds, South Dakotans pheasant hunting has become a rich and deeply rooted tradition. The opening weekend in October is an event anticipated not only by pheasant hunters, but also family and friends who are reunited during this social gathering.
With a high rate of annual mortality, pheasants are a short-lived bird with a capability of high reproductive rates. The quantity, quality, and distribution of season-specific habitats and weather conditions are the primary factors that influence pheasant populations. As a result, private landowners and wildlife managers focus on the development and management of suitable habitat to meet the needs of pheasants throughout their annual life cycle.
Since their introduction and expansion in areas of interspersed cropland, grassland and other habitats, pheasant populations have been notably high on four occasions: the early 1930's following the Great Depression and drought period when much farmland was idle; the mid-1940's during and just after World War II when again much habitat was unintentionally created on idled cropland; the early 1960's at the peak of the Soil Bank Program; and currently as a result of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres and favorable weather conditions.
Today, there are far more pheasant in South Dakota than people! In 2008, an estimated 76,000 residents and 100,000 non-residents, from all 50 states, harvested approximately 1.9 million pheasants in South Dakota. Pheasant hunting in South Dakota tops the list for upland bird hunters, and has become an annual event for many.
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South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Facts
Opening Date: The pheasant season traditional opening is the third Saturday in October.
Daily Limit: 3 rooster pheasants (wild pheasants)
Possession Limit: 15 rooster pheasants, taken according to the daily limit. The limit accrues at the rate of 3 birds a day, and 15 birds may not be possessed until after the fifth day of hunting.
Shooting Hours: 12 Noon, Central Time, to sunset Oct. 17-23; 10 a.m., Central Time, to sunset the rest of the season. NOTE: Central Time is used for opening shooting hours statewide.
Getting There - South Dakota Pheasant Hunting
Northwest Airlines, United Airlines, and American Airlines are service Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Rental vehicles are available at the airport. Ground travel time to the lodge is about 1 hour. Transportation is available for all guests arriving by air. We will pick you up in either Sioux Falls or Mitchell and deliver you back to the airport when your stay is complete.
Suggested airports those piloting their own private planes include Sioux Falls, Madison and Mitchell, South Dakota.
Other Local Attractions - South Dakota Pheasant Hunting
Cabela's Mitchell, South Dakota Retail Store is located just off I-90. In addition to offering quality outdoor merchandise, the 80,000 sq. ft. showroom has educational and entertainment attractions, featuring a décor of museum-quality animal displays, huge aquariums and trophy animals interacting in realistic re-creations of their natural habitats.
The World's only Corn Palace is Mitchell's Premier tourist attraction. Some 500,000 tourists come from around the nation each year to see the uniquely designed corn murals. The city's first Corn Palace was build in 1897 as a way to prove to the world that South Dakota had a healthy agricultural climate. The needle of the corn compass points to Mitchell, a prairie town that is corn crazy and proud of it. Mitchell's high school sports teams are the Kernels. Its local radio station's call letters are KORN.
Mitchell's Corn Palace is built out of reinforced concrete, not corn. Every spring, however, its exterior is completely covered with thousands of bushels of native South Dakota corn, grain and grasses that are arranged into large murals. Corn Palace Week marks the end of the harvest - and the beginning of the planning for next year's Palace theme. The Corn Palace has one more title - the World's Largest Bird Feeder. After Corn Palace Week is over and winter sets it, local pigeons and squirrels make a feast of the tasty murals.
Contact us about special corporate pricing and seminar opportunities for this exciting South Dakota Pheasant Hunting package!
South Dakota Pheasant Hunting packages include:
Not included in South Dakota Pheasant Hunting packages:
South Dakota duck hunting or goose hunting is available with the purchase any pheasant hunting package. Hunters must apply for the appropriate State and Federal licenses. Non-resident waterfowl license applications must be made prior to 14 July. Good waterfowling in South Dakota is all about timing - being where they are when the migration comes through. These combination packages may require alternate lodging within South Dakota depending on time of season and migration patterns.
Trophy white-tail deer archery hunts available for $400 with the purchase of a pheasant hunting package. A limited offering of white-tail deer archery hunts are available during the first 2 weeks of the archery-only season. Then, stretch your legs afterward lunch while hunting those wiley roosters. Our deer hunting is conducted from ground blinds and tree stands. Hunters are responsible for purchasing the required SD State licenses.
"The South Dakota pheasant hunt was amazing. We limited on long-tailed roosters daily, and quickly. Lodge, staff, and hunting were absolutely wonderful. Thanks for the direction. We look forward to doing something next year."
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"The Midwest Dentistry South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Seminar was my first hunting trip. I had a great time and learned a lot about bird hunting and clay target shooting. Sitting around the lodge after a good day of pheasant hunting with old college friends, drinking and cracking jokes, was a major highlight. There were plenty of birds to shoot. I recommend Ramsey Russell's services."
~ Roderick Coleman
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- Lem Adams, III
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