Wild Prairie Bird Hunts

South Dakota

Wild Prairie Lodge, Whitehorse, SD   ” Hunting the way our fathers did”

Hunt a sea of endless prairie, coulees, draws and agricultural land of corn, sunflowers and small grains….pull your cinches tight, we’re hunting wild birds in wild places!

At Wild Prairie we offer:

*Prairie Dogs Hunts

* Coyote hunts

* Merriam Turkey

* Upland Wingshooting –  Where every step is world class

Wild Prairie Birds Hunts…..The Ultimate Wingshooters Destination

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Wild Prairie Birds Hunts…..The Ultimate Wingshooters Destination

Our bird hunts are tailor made for the bird hunting connoisseur, this is a bird hunters bird hunt. At Wild Prairie we hunt endless habitat that is home to sharp-tail grouse, prairie chicken, Hungarian partridge and exciting prairie pheasants, we are a true wingshooters destination. Our hunts take place on prairie, coulees, draws and agricultural land of corn, sunflowers and small grains. Your hunts are designed to suit the type of hunt you desire, whether it is pheasant only, prairie birds only, or a combination of all 4 species.

Our entire staff is committed to assure your stay is first class from the moment you arrive until your departure. All our guides are bird hunters and good dog handlers providing good strings of bird dogs, one of our most important assets. We pride ourselves on being one of very few traditional bird hunting lodges, where we prefer 2 guns per guide, however we can accommodate up to 4 guns per guide. The hunts are tailor made for you and your guests to hunt as you desire. There are no buses or shuttles, large groups, or any pairing with other hunters.  We realize the relationship between a hunter and dog therefore we encourage you to bring your dog or dogs as they are an important part of your hunt.

Wild Prairie Lodge borders the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal lands offering endless expanses of native prairie habitat where sharptail grouse and prairie chicken’s dance on leks and booming grounds, it’s wild…the way it was meant to be. Our “Back Country” hunts are not for everyone, the hunts are very demanding.

The lodge has a western flair offering guests a private lounging area, western style saloon and a large dining room where the evening meal is a delicious meld of game and locally grown grass fed beef, good wines and a relaxing atmosphere to reflect on the days hunt. The lodge sits on the flats of the Moreau River where coyotes howl, wild horses roam with scenic view of the river breaks. There are eight spacious and comfortable private guest rooms with bath, in-floor heat/AC, boot driers and Wi-fi. The days begins with a hearty breakfast, a field lunch and a dinner event sure to compliment the day.

 Our Wild Prairie Hunts

Prime time for our prairie bird hunts can really vary. With our opening day being the 3rd Saturday in September, the heat can play a big role in the hunt. We typically hunt a few hours in the morning and again later in the day as temps cool and birds start to move.

The early part of the season offers us some very good dog work, the young birds hold well, older birds are more scattered and vulnerable prior to flocking up in mid-late November when birds become more spooky. Personally I like the first 2 weeks in November, the cooler temps, great for dogs, good birds it’s just a very pleasant time.

We plan our hunts based on the hunt of your choosing and ability to get through the field. The terrain is pretty flat and easy walking, however at times the birds are pretty scattered requiring quite a bit of walking especially hunting prairie birds. With appropriate licenses we hunt both tribal and non-tribal lands moving around throughout the day.  The statewide pheasant season opens the 3rd Saturday in October, which at this time gives us a cross over of all seasons, where all 4 species of upland birds can be taken.

All our guides have a nice string of dogs, both pointing and flushing breeds, they hunt for the gun, will vary with range and hunting style depending on our hunters. We encourage you to bring your dog, whether it be in Minnesota or South Dakota. As a professional trainer I take many client dogs for tuning up and conditioning then turning them over to owners when they come to hunt with us.

As for guns and gauges, it really becomes a personal choice, as our name implies, we do prefer use of double guns where at a glance we can see if a gun is broke open and safe especially in crossing fences etc, however shoot what ever you are comfortable with. The early season most guns shoot a 20 gauge, and move to a 12 or bit heavier 20 later in the year.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Licenses can easily be purchased online upon arrival at the lodge. However license purchasing can be done on these links:

Licenses can be purchased on line for both tribal and non-tribal lands/seasons.

SD State wide  http://gfp.sd.gov/licenses/general-hunt-fish/license-list.aspx

CRST Tribal licenses  –   http://www.crstgfp.com/

Important dates to remember

Upland game bird opener 2016 – September 17th

Pheasant Opener 2016 – October 15th

http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/small-game/pheasants.aspx, here one can purchase your upland hunting license and find local regulations.

http://www.crstgfp.com is the Cheyenne River Reservation website, where one can find regulations and purchase your license.

Amenities at Wild Prairie: 

All our destination packages are inclusive, providing you with first class lodging, dining, courteous service and hospitality assuring your stay.  Wi-fi, gun room, boot driers and laundry room/services are also available. Air travel is easy by flying into Pierre, Rapid City, Bismarck or Aberdeen, airport pickup can be arranged for an additional fee. Those flying privately can fly into Mobridge or Gettysburg, an hour from the lodge, experience the prairie.

Our birds and land are wild, but rich with tradition and spirit. Come live it!

Steve Grossman 218-341-2826   email: steve@doublegunbirdhunts.com