South Dakota Pheasant Hunting

Discussion in 'General Hunting' started by mike007, Aug 18, 2018.

  1. mike007

    mike007 Fawn

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    Anybody ever go to South Dakota pheasant hunting? If so where do you go? Where do you stay? Any tips?
     
  2. cedar ridge

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    I’ve been every year since 2003. We hunted most of those years using Winner, SD, as our base. The last few we’ve hunted out of Pierre and Chamberlain. A rancher named Darryl Lawson (see link below) and his sons are who we’ve hunted with more than anyone else. Winner is the closest place to stay and hunt with them. You would never know these folks own +20k contiguous acres because they are as down to earth as you can imagine. Just a bunch of hard working farmers. They host pheasant hunters each year as a sideline business. We’ve never hunted there where we failed to get our limit in a couple of hours. 100% wild birds. Limit is 3 per person per day and we normally have 15-20 hunters. Highly recommend the Larson’s but there are tons of other outfitters all over SD and there are millions of pheasants. Good luck. (https://cattlebusinessweekly.com/Co...LC-Five-generations-working-together/1/1/6214
     
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  3. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

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    Dang, that's awesome. Do they have rabbits?
     
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  4. mike007

    mike007 Fawn

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    Thanks, thats great information. When do you usually go out there? Do you need bird dogs?
     
  5. Drahts

    Drahts 8 pointer

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    If your looking for a guided hunt and have a limited budget, and still want great hunting you can check with Bill at http://www.wildpheasants.net/index.php Great grounds and you will do well. He hunts the same general area as the folks above and takes a group as small as 4.

    I've gone west since 83 with not to many years missed. Plenty of Public ground you can do DIY without a problem. The Walk In properties add even more. You can find the walk in areas on this map, zoom in, and you can get them to mail you a copy of the printed atlas with those lands marked on it. You can find plenty of land to hunt. I suggest you avoid the first two weeks.

    https://sdgfp.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=946eccdaadf84df6aa2bcf08e9fb1aaf

    Good Luck and have fun!
     
  6. cedar ridge

    cedar ridge Spike

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    Last year was the first year we didn’t go for opening weekend. We went week 3. Real cold with some snow but we finally got our limit. Had to work a little harder than we’re accustomed to working. We’re going the second weekend this year.

    The guy we hunted with in Chamberlain last year had dogs and they were awesome. When hunting Larson’s place, we hunted without dogs. Little tough to find the birds sometime but we’re pretty good at marking them down then stopping to pick them up immediately.
     
  7. cedar ridge

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    This is the Facebook page and website address for the guy we hunted with last year. We fished one day for walleye also and had a blast. His name is Jim. Great guy.

    Dakota Prairie Guide Service
    www.dakotaprairieguide.com
     
  8. camclo01

    camclo01 6 pointer

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    I go with a group to Kimball every year for opening weekend last year was tough due to the drought in the spring and summer and it was the first year we did not limit out every day, but opening weekend we had between 30 and 40 mile an hour winds every day and saw a lot of birds but if you’ve ever been pheasant hunting, shooting a bird in that wind is almost impossible

    This is who we use and they will supply dogs. http://www.redlabelgs.com/

    We brought 6 dogs last year and they brought 2 also

    We also usually have one day where we go out west and hunt grouse and prairie chickens in the morning as you cannot hunt before noon the first week of the season

    This is all free wild birds no farm birds
     
  9. cedar ridge

    cedar ridge Spike

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    The part in bold above is a fact!
     

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