North Central SD Ringneck Pheasants
If you want to narrow your search for the ultimate in upland wing-shooting. I would recommend the North Central Section of the State that lies between Lake Oahe on the Missouri River to the West and the James River Valley to the East.
Some of the more prominently known communities/areas that welcome hunters are Aberdeen, Pollock, Akaska and Redfield-where it all began with the initial successful release of pheasants, over a century ago. This year will be the centennial of the very first sanctioned season in Spink County in 1919. I will be hosting a VIP hunt for the community of Redfield and visiting dignitaries on the very property where it originally took place to celebrate this landmark occasion.
If your interest is piqued, please consider the following hunting possibilities:
Public Option: South Dakota has over 5,000,000 acres of public land available in various forms.
Private Land: A little research into who owns what is the first step you will want to take. I would then suggest directly approaching the landowner and request to hunt just a particular parcel(s). Initially asking for just one day.
Self-Guided Option: A Growing trend for experienced hunters with dogs. An access fee is paid for the exclusive use of land with suitable habitat. Lodging may be available, depending upon the outfitter.
Full Guide Option: This option is for those who prefer the services of a guide and their dogs to help ensure consistent limits. Clean and comfortable accommodations come with most and rates are reasonable considering all that is offered.
Luxury Option: This option caters to mainly corporate and large groups. Most lodges operate on preserves, guaranteeing plenty of pheasants and extended seasons. The accommodations can be five stars and offer an all-inclusive hunting experience.
To help you secure the hunt that best fits your group’s desires, please utilize the following resources.
www.tourism.redfield-sd.com/hunting-&-fishing/hunting A wealth of information on the area provided by the fine folks in Redfield, SD. The official Pheasant Capitol of the World.
www.HuntFishSD.com Site offering numerous links to guides, landowners, outfitters, lodging and anything else you could possibly need, or want for that matter. You can even call in and tell Director Casey Weismantel that I personally directed you his way.
www.aberdeenpheasant.com Information on the Pheasant Coalition Initiative. A valuable program that is working to bring even more prime habitat back to the area for our beloved birds.
We are seeing large broods and fully expect another good season. We hope to see you here and extend you good luck in all your hunting activities this season. You may even want to consider a fall fishing package to round out your South Dakota adventure.
Dennis Foster operates as an outfitter in Spink County catering to both full and self-guided hunters on over 200,000 acres land in the area. He welcomes questions and comments and can be reached via his website at www.dakotapheasantguide.com.