Sharptail grouse, huns and greater Prairie Chicken opens the 2nd Saturday in Sept.
Pheasant opens the 3rd Saturday in Oct.
Standard trip is 4/night- 3 days of hunting (duration can be customized to fit schedule)
Wild Birds…Wild Places – These are the words that best describe our South Dakota bird hunts, which take place out of Whitehorse, SD, on more than 100,000 acres of Native prairie, coulees, draws and river bottoms west of the Missouri River. This destination offers guests opportunities for 4 species of game birds: sharptail grouse, Hungarian partridge, greater prairie chicken and pheasant…all wild birds in wild places. There’s a sea of habitat offering a lifetime of bird hunting, making this a world-class bird hunting destination.
Hunting wild birds in their native habitat can be a great challenge, and we tailor our hunts personally to meet the desires of our guests. We are all about the traditions of fine guns, great bird dogs, and a true reverence to the sport; it’s not about the taking of game, but how the game is taken. We like to think that we offer “hunting the way our fathers and grandfathers hunted.” There are no vans or shuttles here, nor are there big fields of hunters: it’s 2-3 guns per guide, or perhaps the single hunter wanting to experience the solitude of the prairie.
This outfitter does it right! He knows what it takes to run a first-class wingshooting operation-from the food, accommodations and overall ambiance to the guides and dogs. He also understands the inherent challenges posed by an operation that relies exclusively on wild birds! This is a true “wild bird” hunt in the heart of South Dakota’s prairie country and is a must for the purest!
$1,200 per day (min group size is 2)
$1,400 per day (single hunter)
Pheasant and Prairie Birds:
$1,300 per day (min group size is 2)
$1,500 per day (single hunter)
Easy: Farm or ranch hunts from stands or blinds. Substantial use of 4x4 pickups, UTVs. Most whitetail deer hunts.
Medium: These hunts are mostly conducted on private ranches. Species include mule deer, elk, antelope, some caribou and African plains game hunts. Moderate to light hiking each day in semi-mountainous terrain.
Hard: These hunts are a true wilderness experience and are usually conducted on horseback, hunting species such as elk, moose, bear, some mountain lion and African Cape buffalo. Difficult to extreme hiking and backpacking can be involved.
Difficult: All sheep hunts, goat, most grizzly and brown bear, some mountain lion and elephant. The terrain and/or animals can involve some dangerous situations. These hunts will probably require extreme physical endurance and some athletic ability.
Bird cleaning and packaging is also included in the price.
Double occupancy with private bath.
Guest traditionally fly into either Pierre or Aberdeen, SD, rent vehicle and drive to the lodge. Exact directions to the lodge will be supplied at the time of booking.
Arrive early evening, have dinner, share bird hunting/bird dog stories and great fellowship with guides and other hunters. A 7:30 breakfast, then wheels up by 8:30, hunting by 8:45-9 AM. Lunch in the field. We are back at the lodge by 6:30-7:00 for showers, lite appetizers, your favorite beverage, wonderful dinner and many more stories.
Typical hunts are 3 day 4 night stays. No groups or hunters will ever be mixed in the field. We do not hunt more than 4 guns per guide. All our hunts are a “traditional” bird hunt, you, your hunting buddies, and dogs.
Easy: Somewhat easy walking when it comes to physicality. Minimal walking or hiking and terrain is very accessible. Mostly hunting from blinds or tree stands.
Moderate: Physicality is somewhat moderate to advanced. Spot and stalk method of hunting as well as some hunting from blinds. Terrain can vary from prairies to mountains at higher elevations.
Difficult: Requires an advanced degree of physical endurance. Terrain is typically more mountainous and hunting can take place at higher elevation.
Extreme: Most difficult and physically demanding hunts. Requires advanced to extreme endurance and terrain or game pursued may involve dangerous situations.