Pheasants are plentiful here thanks to the ideal weather, prairie habitat and nearby Fort Pierre National Grasslands. Pierre is also great for prairie chickens and sharp-tail grouse that share a similar hunting season to pheasants. Waterfowl, white tail deer and wild turkey are also popular in the area and have varying seasons.

Pierre’s location makes it the ideal place for the state capital and the ultimate destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Pierre and Hughes County boast one of the highest bird and harvest counts in the state of South Dakota.

Lake Oahe

Pierre is known for its outstanding pheasant hunting and picturesque landscapes, but also as one of South Dakotas top fishing destinations. The Bassmasters Elite Fishing Tournament was held in Pierre this summer putting it on the map as one of the top smallmouth bass lakes in the US. Walleyes are the main game fish, and the fall is the best time to catch a trophy fish. There is nothing better than going out in the morning to catch some fish and then heading out in the fields in the afternoon to shoot a limit of pheasants. Inside the city limits of Pierre, you’ll find a variety of hotels and dining places to unwind after the hunt.

See more fishing adventures and places to stay at VisitPierreSD.com.

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