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Recomendations for an Outfitter in SD #15088690 07/28/20
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Six of us from Michigan looking to hunt South Dakota this October. We normally go to Pelee Island Canada, but the hunt has been cancelled due to Covid 19.

Any recommendations for location and outfitter. We have dogs.

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Re: Recomendations for an Outfitter in SD [Re: 300Savage] #15090694 07/29/20
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There's a good population of birds so it will be a good year to come out. You can do lodge hunts or you can scratch around yourselves on the public ground or anywhere in between. What kind of trip are you looking for?


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Hi BKinSD, we are looking for a self guided hunt. We have dogs and are experienced hunters. It would be nice if a farmer or rancher had a guest house and could put us up for 4 days, provide breakfast and dinner and put us on to birds on his land or land that he leases. We are not looking to stay at a lodge and shoot pen raised birds. Too long of a drive to hunt pen raised pheasants, we want to go after wild birds and experience hunting the way it was back in the 1960's here in Michigan. We could also do our own cooking if the house came with a kitchen.

Thanks for any help.


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Unless you’re absolutely set on October, see Dukxdog’s thread about “good hunting this year in SD” a little below yours. He’s has what you are looking for but is filled until December.

Let me say a word about December — it’s when our group goes and while we’ve hit a snow storm or two the hunting has been very good; admittedly you are playing some weather-roulette, but the non-res crowds are gone and there will still be plenty of birds available.

Re: Recomendations for an Outfitter in SD [Re: 300Savage] #15091794 07/29/20
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OK I get that. It's perfectly understandable, for sure. Seems like your biggest task is going to be making sure that the place you go to started out with a good population and isn't shot out by the time you get there. Plenty of "wild birds" get released to maintain numbers through the season, be aware. YMMV.

Daybreak Ranch north of Highmore might be of interest to you. Their property is large and holds wild birds through the end of season, year after year. ToriLil by Vivian is a wild bird operation. So is Halverson Hunts near Kennebec. All three good operations.

Good luck and I hope its a great season for all!


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Thanks again BKinSD. I will look up your suggestions and see if they have openings.

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PS I agree with George. By far the best time, for me as a resident, is after Thanksgiving. Its not practical for everyone but my family/friends/fun hunts are in the first 2-3 weeks of the season. My serious hunting is done after Thanksgiving though the end of the season.


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Re: Recomendations for an Outfitter in SD [Re: 300Savage] #15097875 07/31/20
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You probably know, but a lot of the guided or lodge hunts in sodak use planted pen raised birds. Some are ok with that, some are not. If you’re not, I’d ask before you book with someone.


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Re: Recomendations for an Outfitter in SD [Re: George_De_Vries_3rd] #15099554 08/01/20
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Originally Posted by George_De_Vries_3rd

Unless you’re absolutely set on October, see Dukxdog’s thread about “good hunting this year in SD” a little below yours. He’s has what you are looking for but is filled until December.

Let me say a word about December — it’s when our group goes and while we’ve hit a snow storm or two the hunting has been very good; admittedly you are playing some weather-roulette, but the non-res crowds are gone and there will still be plenty of birds available.



Thanks George.

December is fantastic hunting. Weather can be rough but not always. Good thing is you don't have to be out all day and can be in the field 30 minutes to couple hours then get warm, take a little break then back hunting if you haven't filled out yet. Then you have a warm house, hot chow and friends to hang out with. I used to always plan 10 days in December for fun hunting.

No other hunters around. Birds holding tight. Dogs working close. Roosters busting out of the snow. Man, it's just plain awesome!


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Re: Recomendations for an Outfitter in SD [Re: 300Savage] #15099670 08/01/20
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You are tempting me to sign on for an additional 5 days. 😀

However, I may need some clothing advice. 🌬

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Fresh snow adds a whole other dimension to a “rooster blowing up skyward.” Growing up, we never were real serious until later November and into December. The contrasts, all beautiful, that meet the eye are exquisite and unmatched.

Great pic’s dukxdog. A rooster in the snow is God’s own paint on His palette.

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I noticed that some of the hunters are not wearing orange in the photos. Is it required in SD? Also do you have to plug your guns for upland birds?

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It is not required, but officially encouraged. With a group, it’s a good idea especially with walking shelter belts (long, but very narrow strips of trees), particularly caps, etc. Hunter’s responsibility to meet the situation safely. Of course that’s always true.

Zippo for the plugs also.

This was off-the-cuff so check the reg’s of course.

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Plugs are for migratory birds and waterfowl.

Orange is NOT required. I don't hunt in groups and often just by myself with my dogs. I'll wear an orange hat for opening week of SD deer season while I'm pheasant hunting. Old timers never had blaze orange. Personal preference.

Not much better than a dog on point in front of you with a rooster tucked in bent grass covered in fresh snow on a chilly morning. Only thing is you never know how many will bust out!


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Like above post, I no longer wear blaze orange hunting alone. I think the birds really are conditioned to avoid someone wearing orange. I don't use whistles or beeper with my dog. Hand signals and vibrating collar.

Re: Recomendations for an Outfitter in SD [Re: 300Savage] #15105484 08/03/20
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Thanks to all that responded, I will follow up with my hunting buddies and see how they feel about a December hunt. DukXDog thank you for your input and photos. I may be getting back to you
if they want to try some December hunting. We have a second season for upland here in Michigan starting December 1st. So I am familiar with cold weather pheasant hunting.
Thanks again everyone.

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