Frequently Asked Questions

Our most frequently asked Questions & Answers about South Dakota pheasant hunting and our lodge.

What are available dates for hunting?

South Dakota pheasant hunting season 2011 begins on October 15 and continues through all of December.

How much does it cost?

Depends upon group size and length of hunt. A three day, four night stay would be about $1,700 to $2,200. See current pricing on our Booking Page.

What is included in hunt (fee)?

All meals, lodging, refreshments, guiding, dogs, bird processing, airport shuttle from Aberdeen, ammunition and clay birds. State sales tax and gratuities are not included.

What size of a group do you serve?

Typically, our groups are from four (4) to twenty-four (24). Our staff can discuss other possibilities with you.

Can I bring my own dog?

Yes, well behaved hunting dogs are welcome; they can be housed in our kennels.

What licensing do I need?

A South Dakota small game license is required for each hunter. They are available online. For a non-resident, the cost is around $115.

Can children come along?

Parents are welcome to bring children who are proficient with a shotgun and who have passed a certified Hunter Safety program.

Where is the pheasant hunt?

Dakota River Ranch is located in Brown County, near Aberdeen, South Dakota. The lodge is 15 minutes from the Aberdeen Regional Airport served by Northwest Airlink and Great Lakes Airlines and 16 miles from the regional hospital.

Who owns/operates farm?

This five generation family farm is owned by a South Dakota farmer who raises corn, beans, and hay. The land is truly managed for wildlife as the grains are strip planted and much of the land is in CRP, switch grass, food plots and sloughs.

How long has your hunting lodge been in existence?

DAKOTA RIVER RANCH began hosting hunters in 1948.

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