South Dakota Bison, Whitetails, Waterfowl & Pheasant Hunts #101

South Dakota Bison, Whitetails, Waterfowl & Pheasant Hunts #101

This outfitter is located near Aberdeen and Redfield in northeast South Dakota. Nestled in the rolling prairies and vast corn fields is some of the finest pheasant hunting, archery whitetail hunting, and spring snow goose hunting to be found anywhere. And many of these species can be hunted in combination on one trip, which saves you money and time.

BISON HUNTS:  Our research led us to this outfitter in the northeast part of South Dakota. He provides one of the more challenging bison hunts in the country, we believe. These bison run on 5,000 acres of rolling hills, canyons and prairie, much like their ancestors did. They are about 500 in number and you will need to stalk them. You pick however your preferred animal to hunt – and you then hunt it using archery, black powder, rifle, or pistol. Whatever your weapon of choice, you will earn your trophy – you are not shooting fish in a barrel here. Of course, bison are a plains animal, normally quite visible, so please bear that in mind. Multiple stalks are often needed.

The hunts are conducted from mid-December to the end of February when the hides are in the best condition. He usually allows you two days, but will give you a third day if needed, which we like a bunch. Success is 100%, and the outfitter will not let you leave without your bison trophy.

This outfitter also offers terrific pheasant hunting, as well as archery whitetails and mule deer. We have separate information on these other hunts, so please ask for it.

Included:

  • Meals and lodging
  • Guiding
  • Photo set up
  • Aberdeen, SD airport pick up/drop off
  • Field prep, and delivery to processer (processing generally takes up to 2 days)

2022 PRICES (subject to change without notice until deposit received)

Trophy/Large Bull                                         $7,250 

Medium Bull                                                    $6,250

Young Bull                                                        $5,250

Buffalo Cow (live weight approx. 850 lbs.)   $4,250

Observers                                                       $150/night

Processing by their professional butcher runs between $400 and $900 depending upon the size of the bison. Charge to skin/quarter is $125/cow, $175/medium bull, and $225/trophy bull. Generally, the “hanging weight” (head, hide, hooves and guts removed) of a bison will be approx. 56% of its live weight, and professional butchering will yield approx. 60% of the hanging weight in the form of processed meat.

Most hunts are 2 days, but you can stay until you harvest. Also available are add-on pheasants (great way to spend some time while your bison is being processed) or archery whitetails, subject to seasons set by State

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If you want to hunt while your bull is being processed, he can arrange some pheasant hunting at a reasonable fee. Just let us know in advance. Archery deer may also be added, depending on dates.
Not Included:
• 6% tax payable on arrival directly to outfitter
• Cost of processing
• Taxidermy
• Additional days and meals while waiting for meat processing
• Activities such as pheasant or deer hunting

We really like that a buffalo hunter can have his buddies along to do pheasants and deer! Makes this a great opportunity for everyone. Or you can just hunt deer and/or pheasant too.

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WHITETAILS OR MULE DEER

This outfitter is located near Aberdeen and Redfield in northeast South Dakota, nestled in the rolling prairies and vast corn fields is some of the finest pheasant hunting and archery whitetail hunting to be found anywhere. And you can even combo deer with great pheasant hunting on the earlier bow hunts.

He hunts about 25,000 acres for whitetails. It stretches over a large land area, running maybe 40 miles in one direct and 25 miles the other way. There are some serious trophy deer here. The mule deer hunts (only a few of those annually) are on a 10,000-acre ranch in the northwest part of the state. He strictly limits mule deer hunter numbers to about 4 to 6 per year on that ranch, to hold a solid trophy mule deer population. On all hunts, the lodging and meals are included. He has multiple lodges housing 3 to 12 people.

“I just want to thank you for this great hunting trip and I will definitely never forget the moment when I shot that big buck with my bow. The atmosphere and the hospitality were wonderful and would recommend to anyone that wants to have a good time and a great hunt. Hopefully we will see you next year and thank you for everything – putting me on the deer and experiencing the hunt of a lifetime.” – Adrian G.

“Anyone thinking about booking that ‘once in a lifetime hunt’ will be easily convinced that this operation ranks at the top of the list. Allow me to waive any doubts you might have – from the minute you arrive it will meet or exceed all aspects, starting with the comfortable and clean accommodations along with the well-prepared and plentiful meals. The well-placed stands with placement that will always surprise you, the herd of mature whitetail deer, the constant juggling of hunter locations because of the diligent attention to the constantly changing winds and weather. The percentage of opportunities presented to the hunters is a true testament to the type of dedication you represent. Just sent in my deposit for my 7th consecutive year.” – John F.

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This outfitter’s deer management goal is to harvest only mature whitetail bucks that score a minimum of 125”. With this management goal in mind, there will be a $600 fee assessed on any buck harvested that scores under 125” (gross). During the 2018 season, they ran 80% shot opportunity on 125” or better bucks. The biggest buck harvested at this place scored 183 6/8” and stands ranks as the 3rd all-time archery buck harvested in South Dakota!

This outfitter offers archery whitetail deer hunts, and only 4 to 6 archery muley hunts in northwestern South Dakota to a limited number of discriminating clients looking for an opportunity to harvest a trophy class buck. Hunts are fair chase as there are no high fences. All of the guides are archery hunters and know the habits and patterns of the deer and know what it takes to get you close enough for that shot of a lifetime.

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Hunts consist of 6 days of hunting, 7 nights of lodging, and include guides, good, field transportation, field dressing, etc. You will be hunting in Harding County. The 10,000-acre ranch consists of gently rolling hills and prairies, wooded draws, and badlands. By only hunting a few clients, the bucks tend to stick on the lightly hunted property.

The muley hunts are spot and stalk, with some tree stands and ground blinds available. The goal is to harvest mature mulies and let the small bucks grow. It is difficult to put a minimum score on a mule deer as there are mature 3x3s that most anyone would/should shoot.

2022 PRICES (subject to change without notice until deposit received)

Archery Whitetail Hunts – 6 Days* (Season opens Sept 1)

Weeks 1-6 – $1,950 per person

Weeks 7-10 – $2,950 per person

*The first day listed is your arrival date and the last day listed is your departure date 6 days hunting! Please plan to arrive no earlier than 4PM. There is no hunting on your arrival or departure dates.

INCLUDED: Guiding, meals and lodging. He has multiple lodges for 3 to 12 people. The main lodge was built in 2011 and has 4 private bedrooms each with its own attached bath. Can sleep up to 12. It has a 1,500-square foot great room with pool table, satellite TV, wireless internet, and laundry. Transportation to and from the Aberdeen, SD (ABR) airport is included in all hunting packages. If flying into any other airports, you are responsible for your own transportation to and from the Lodge.

NOT INCLUDED: License approx. $285, 6.5% South Dakota State Sales Tax, and tips. Ammo is available.

SEASONS AND LICENSES
The archery whitetail and mule deer season is set in May and is open to residents and non-residents. THERE IS NO DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION AND LICENSES ARE SOLD THROUGHOUT THE SEASON ONLINE. The license is a Lottery Draw, but Non-Residents are guaranteed to draw. The cost of the license is approx. $285. Licenses can

be applied for at the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks website http://gfp.sd.gov. Please allow approximately 7-10 business days for the license to be processed and mailed to you before you leave for your hunt

Pheasant-2-300x225 PHEASANT HUNTS
Located in the heart of some of the best pheasant hunting in the world, this outfitter is situated on over 25,000 acres of prime pheasant hunting habitat in eastern South Dakota. They provide hunters with all-inclusive pheasant hunting packages tailored to a wide variety of hunters or groups.

With highly-trained guides and dogs, you will hunt some of the best grass fields, CRP, sloughs, tree lines and food plots known to the area. The staff is available at all times to make your pheasant hunting experience as comfortable and memorable as possible. The midwestern-style cooking is homemade, and the people are friendly. You are guaranteed to leave with a cooler full of pheasants and a smile on your face.

You will be hunting CRP, food plots, cattail sloughs, shelterbelts, etc. Limit varies by package, and lead shot is OK to use. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time, but here’s a rundown on the various pheasant seasons:

EARLY SEASON PRESERVE HUNT (approx. September 15 to October 20) – Hunt 2,500+ acres of perfectly-managed pheasant habitat which includes CRP fields, corn/sorghum food plots, shelterbelts, and native grass walks. This time of year provides warmer temperatures, more time in the field, increased limits, and less expensive licenses. They also offer great discounts for youth hunters this time of year. This is a very popular time for smaller corporate groups to hunt, along with introducing new hunters to the sport. Early season hunts are also a great time for veteran hunters to enjoy the better weather conditions. License is approx. $75. DAILY LIMIT OF 5 BIRDS.

REGULAR SEASON HUNT (approx. October 20 to November 30) – Hunting starts at noon each day for the first 7 days of the season and then opens at 10 AM thereafter. They hunt 25,000 acres of prime pheasant habitat, which insures minimal hunting pressure on the birds. You will be hunting CRP fields, food plots, corn fields, cattail sloughs, shelterbelts, and native grass fields. With this many acres, you don’t have to worry whether you will hunt the same walk twice during your stay. Rest assured, you will not be hunting heavily pressured fields as they manage their hunting land very carefully. Day-time temperatures can vary from 10 to 60 degrees, so it is important to bring the proper gear. License is approx. $150. DAILY LIMIT OF 3 BIRDS.

LATE SEASON PRESERVE HUNT (approx. November 30 to March 31) – Temperatures and weather conditions are more demanding this time of year, but the pheasants are considerably more concentrated and it is not uncommon to see as many as 1,000 birds each day. You will be hunting CRP, food plots, cattail sloughs, shelter-belts, etc. If you can handle the weather conditions, this time of year offers some of the best hunting you will see anywhere! Proper hunt execution is the key this time of year as the birds are very wily and can provide a very challenging hunt. Bring your cold weather gear and 3-inch shells for these hunts. License is approx. $75.  DAILY LIMIT OF 5 BIRDS.

INCLUDED: Guiding, meals and lodging. He has multiple lodges for 3 to 12 people. The main lodge was built in 2011 and has 4 private bedrooms each with its own attached bath. Can sleep up to 12. It has a 1,500-square foot great room with pool table, satellite TV, wireless internet, and laundry. Transportation to and from the Aberdeen, SD (ABR) airport is included in all hunting packages. If flying into any other airports, you are responsible for your own transportation to and from the Lodge.

*The first day listed is your arrival date and the last day listed is your departure date – 6 days hunting! Please plan to arrive no earlier than 4PM. There is no hunting on your arrival or departure dates.

Pheasant Hunts

$650 per hunter per day (non-hunters are $150/night), including guiding, in-field transportation, airport pick up, lodging, meals, bird cleaning, kenneling for your dog. Not included is licenses (approx. $130), SD sales tax (6.5%), and tips. All pheasant hunters will hunt in their OWN group. Outfitter does not group hunting parties together. Bring blaze orange (hat at least), upland pants, shooting vest, glasses and gloves, and good boots.

NOT INCLUDED: License approx. $285, 6.5% South Dakota State Sales Tax, and gratuities

ALL FIRST TIME ARCHERY DEER HUNTERS, RESIDENT OR NON-RESIDENT, MUST POSSESS A NATIONAL BOWHUNTER EDUCATION FOUNDATION CERTIFICATE OR CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION FROM A BOWHUNTER EDUCATION COURSE APPROVED BY ANY STATE OR PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT.

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