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/