TROPHY PRESERVE BISON, ELK, DEER, UPLAND BIRDS – South Dakota #298

TROPHY PRESERVE BISON, ELK, DEER, UPLAND BIRDS – South Dakota #298

This outfitter was recently recommended to us, and when we started doing our research to investigate their track record, we were extremely impressed by the overwhelming positive feedback from previous clients, especially ones that were hunting the West for the very first time. And considering he has over 30 years’ of experience as an outfitter, and has over 450,000 acres to hunt (mostly private land), we think our clients will be equally impressed.

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He operates a 3,500-acre preserve in southwest South Dakota for bison and elk hunts (with whitetails hunts to be offered starting in 2019). The terrain is a mixture of prairie, timber-covered ridges, and rocky canyons – you will EARN your trophy here. You will be hunting out of 4WD vehicles in most cases. The most common hunting method will be spot and stalk, but they may also use ground blinds or natural cover stands. You will hunt the entire day, if you wish, and they attend to all of the field care of your trophy.

BISON
The bison meat market has gone through the roof recently due to growing demand for this delicious, nutritious, healthy, organic and lean meat. As a result, buffalo hunts, and particularly trophy bull hunts, are getting harder to find as older age buffalo are now fewer and farther between, and command premium prices. They also make for a magnificent trophy, making this hunt a true “win-win”.

Bison hunts are 3 days, and are conducted November 1 to December 31, when the hides are at their best.

ELK
High-quality elk hunts, with a realistic chance of a trophy 6×6 bull scoring better than 300” are getting harder – and more expensive – to come by. When you also factor in our increasingly busy schedules and the growing time demands of work, family, etc., the reality is that many of us just can’t afford the time or money to gamble on an elk hunt that may not even produce a sighting of a trophy bull, never mind a high probability of putting one on the ground.

SD-298-heavy-7x7-elk-225x300  We realize that preserve hunts are not for everyone, but if you’re tired of fruitless hunts, or maybe you’ve taken some nice bulls but now are after that true “bull of a lifetime” and just don’t have a lot of time to make it happen, consider this hunt. It’s also great for young hunters, and also those who have perhaps seen a lot of elk seasons but just can’t climb those mountains anymore the way they used to.

Bulls from 280”-370” are available, and even a few MEGA bulls that will make even the most seasoned elk hunter drool with envy. Archery hunts can be conducted anytime, but late August to early September is best, while rifle hunts are early September to December 31.

DEER
If you’ve long dreamed of a finally bagging a true monster whitetail – a true once-in-several lifetimes type of buck, then this operation can fulfill that dream for you. Or perhaps time constraints or health issues just don’t allow you to hunt the way you need to in order to have a realistic chance at a trophy buck, and you need a hunt with high success in a short amount of time. Trophy whitetails starting in the 170”-class on up to giants taping 260”. Whitetail hunts are 3 days. There MAY also be an opportunity for some giant mule deer, so please inquire of mulies are your preference.

UPLAND BIRDS
They also offer terrific upland bird hunting for pheasants, chukars, Hungarian partridge and sharptails on two separate preserves, one in SW South Dakota (1,200 acres) and the other in SW Nebraska (590 acres but more being added). Choose from DIY or guided hunts ranging from just a half-day to 5-days, with a variety of accommodations to choose from to suit any taste and budget. They will also customize a hunt to your needs. They also offer dog training hunts, group/corporate “super” hunts, and annual memberships.

2020 PRICES (subject to change without notice until deposit received)

Bison

Mature Cow Meat Hunt – $4,995
Trophy/Meat Bull Hunt – $5,995
Large, older trophy bulls – $7,495
Hunt Dates: November 1-December 31 (this is when the coats are prime!)

NO LICENSE REQUIRED. Guiding is 1 guide for 1-2 hunters. Hunts are 3 days (usually Monday-Wednesday or Friday-Sunday). Meals and accommodations at a beautiful lodge are included; meat processing is not included. 6% South Dakota sales tax applicable on all hunts.

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Elk

5×5 Bull $4,995
260-299 6 point $5,995
300-329 Bull $6,995
330-345 Bull $7,995
346-365 Bull $8,995
366-385 Bull $9,995
386-400 Bull $10,995
401-415 Bull $12,495
416-439 Bull $14,495
440-450 Bull $15,995
451 & Up Call for pricing
Cow elk $2,495

WY-298-350-inch-elk-2017-225x300  Hunt Dates: Archery hunts can be conducted anytime, but late August to early September is best, while rifle hunts are early September to December 31.

NO LICENSE REQUIRED. Guiding is 1 guide for 1-2 hunters. Hunts are 3 days (usually Monday-Wednesday or Friday-Sunday). Meals and accommodations at a beautiful lodge are included.

NOT INCLUDED:
Meat processing, taxidermy, travel to/from home, gratuities. 6% South Dakota sales tax applicable on all hunts.

Whitetails
170s $4,495
180s $5,295
190s $5,995
200-220 $7,495
221-240 $9,995
241-260 $10,995
261 & Up Call for pricing

NOT INCLUDED:
Meat processing, taxidermy, travel to/from home, gratuities. 6% South Dakota sales tax applicable on all hunts.

Upland Birds
Prices vary based on size of group, number of days, number of birds, and accommodations, but start as low as $250/day per person. Please inquire.

PAYMENT TERMS:
A 50% deposit is required upon booking, payable to Hunt Nation. The balance is due upon arrival (no personal checks). THERE IS NO REFUND OR PRICE ADJUSTMENT FOR LATE ARRIVALS, EARLY DEPARTURES, CANCELLATIONS, OR “NO SHOWS” FOR ANY TRIP.

ACCOMMODATIONS
The beautiful lodge can accommodate up to 16 guests overnight, and feed up to 40 people.

Each morning of the hunt a ranch breakfast will be available with coffee, tea and juice. They will also provide a great lunch with sandwiches, fruit, candy, chips, soda pop, tea, water and other snacks and drinks. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the field! You will have lunch in the field overlooking great scenery or in a gathering room down at the hunting location. In the evening when you arrive back at the lodge, the evening meals will consist of steaks, chops, roasts, etc., with veggies, salads and dessert items. You won’t go hungry and you will be pleased with the quality of the food.

GETTING YOUR ANIMAL HOME
When you harvest your elk, buffalo or other animal, the outfitter will be attending to the field care of your trophy. There is a walk-in cooler to hang your carcass for cooling overnight for your trip home. There are also butchering tables to work on if you want to break down your quarters into smaller pieces. There are commercial meat processors within 75 miles in any direction, but they can be busy at times and it might take several days for your carcass to be processed. Most hunters bring several larger coolers or a smaller 5-8 cubic foot freezer (with extension cord) to transport their meat home. If you choose to use a commercial processor, plan on approximately $200-$225 for cutting and packaging of the meat.

With regard to the trophies, these are large animals and their capes won’t fit in a 48 quart cooler, so come properly equipped to transport these parts home as well, including the bison skull, which also makes a very impressive trophy.

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