Premier Pheasant Hunting
The diverse landscape of South Dakota is characterized by an assortment of habitats and an abundant array of natural resources. For many outdoor enthusiasts, no other wildlife species in the state is as recognized or valued as the ring-necked pheasant. Though pheasants are not a native species to North America, they have become naturalized to this mosaic of grassland and agricultural land habitat found in much of South Dakota.
From the first successful releases of pheasants in 1908 to the current estimated population of around 10 million birds, South Dakotans and our visitors have built a rich and deeply rooted tradition around pheasants and pheasant hunting. The opening weekend in October is an event anticipated not only by pheasant hunters, but also family and friends who are reunited during this social gathering.
South Dakota is one of the top two pheasant harvest states and claims the top number of birds per hunter per season. Located in the top ring-neck range, Mitchell is regarded as one of the best pheasant hunting spots in the nation, a position it has maintained for decades. The highest concentration of hunting guides in South Dakota can be found in the Mitchell area, offering an excellent selection when planning your hunt.
The season generally begins the third week of October, although residents and youth have chances to hunt public land prior to that. Additionally, several area hunting preserves enjoy expanded seasons.
High pheasant numbers usually mean more competition from other hunters, so we recommend waiting to come until after cold weather sets in. The first significant snowfall of the season often arrives in early November. If a day of hunting in snow sounds like fun, November can be the highlight of the season. Many times, you will have better luck finding availability in the late season, and the fields are plowed so there are less opportunities for our wily ring-necks to hide.
If you enjoy fishing, Lake Mitchell offers exceptional pan fishing like crappie and bluegill. It also offers bass fishing opportunities with small mouth bass coming on strong. Walleye fishing can be challenging but rewarding. Bigger fish can be taken in the spring and fall of the year. In the winter try ice fishing for walleye or pan fish. Mitchell is convenient to the Missouri River system that presents some of the finest walleye production areas in the world. Early spring and late in the fall are the best times of the year to fish on the Missouri. Plentiful supplies of catfish can also be found on the James River, which borders Mitchell to the east.
Not only are the hunting and fishing great, but the people are friendly, and the accommodations and the shopping extraordinary. Mitchell boasts 16 hotels with over 1,000 rooms spread around the city, several wonderful bed & breakfasts, and many more hunting lodges and guide services for your convenience. In addition, we also offer a wide variety of restaurants, sports bars, coffee houses, and retail shops.
Mitchell is just a little more than an hour from Sioux Falls, which is serviced by several national airlines. Mitchell also has a municipal airport along the northern edge of the city.
For information on hunting license fees and regulations, download the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Hunting Handbook.
Hunting and fishing licenses are available for purchase online!
Purchase your licenses online here
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks has made it easier for outdoor enthusiasts to purchase hunting and fishing licenses online.
Online usernames and passwords are in abundance these days and keeping track of them all is difficult. The GFP online licensing system now allows customers who have forgotten or misplaced their username and password to log into their profile by entering their last name, date of birth and the last four digits of their social security number.
A&D Zoss Pheasant Hunting
23637 406th Ave
Letcher, SD 57359
A&D Zoss Pheasant Hunting is a family-run hunting operation just 20 miles north of Mitchell. Experience down home cooking and more pheasants than you can believe on over 3,000 acres in the heart of SD’s pheasant belt.
A1 Al’s Pheasant Ranch
25904 431st Ave.
Emery, SD 57332
A1 Al’s Pheasant Ranch consists of over 5,000 acres of prime pheasant hunting.
AAA South Dakota Pheasant Hunting
112 S. Harmon Dr.
Mitchell, SD 57301
If you’re looking for excellent pheasant hunting, AAA SD Pheasant Hunting has 15,000 acres of CRP, foodplots and tree belts full of wild birds! Afterwards, have your birds processed at Pheasant Express.
25107 404th Avenue
We offer pet boarding with suites and playgrounds, cat condos, dog obedience and hunting training, hunting dog conditioning, Vizsla and Lab puppies, Vizsla and Lab stud services.
115 N. Main
Mitchell, SD 57301
These are the hunts that Dakota Trackers and South Dakota are famous for. Bountiful numbers of pheasants make this a truly unforgettable hunt of a lifetime.
Dierks Hunting Lodge
PO Box 571
The lodge is made up of a fully furnished home and adjacent sleeping quarters which sleeps up to 10. A kitchen, dining room, living rooms and 2 full baths, dog run, cleaning and freezer space serve your needs during your stay.
Fallin’ Skies Kennel
309 West Norway
Specializing in breeding, stud service, training, and proud breeders of Champion Bloodline Labrador Retrievers.
Farrell Pheasant Hunting Expedition
Just east of Mitchell is 2,000 acres of privately owned and managed property including CRP, shelterbelts, and corn. We can accomodate up to 20 hunters and their dogs at our lodge set in a serene location surrounded by wildlife.
Feistner’s Hunting & Guide Service
23249 392nd Ave.
Woonsocket, SD 57385
Complete packages including all meals, lodging, field transportation, guides, and dogs. Lodging includes 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, pool table, darts, and 2 big screen satellite TV’S.
38173 254th St.
Plankinton, SD 57368
Folan Ranch is a 2nd generation guide service able to accommodate up to 10 hunters in a fully furnished lodge with fireplace. Hunters can enjoy a day of hunting 2,000+ acres of corn, milo and shelter belts and come home to a home-cooked meal.
Golden Penny Kennels
25641 408th Ave.
Golden Penny Kennels is a family owned business offering dog and cat boarding, pet supply store, dog training and AKC Golden Retriever breeding.
Grand Ciel Lodge
39037 245th St.
Plankinton, SD 57368
Grand Ciel Lodge specializes in wild pheasant hunting on some of the finest habitat you will find anywhere in South Dakota.
Our objective is to get you on birds that are within gun range. The rest is up to you.
Granite Springs Lodge
25840 422nd Ave.
Our main lodge has 9 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and can accommodate 20 hunters sleeping in double or queen beds. Commercial kitchen and conference room seats 100. Two additional kitchens/bars. We also have our 7 cabins that have 2 beds and full bath in each.
Hunter’s Dream, LLC
Located in Mitchell, SD
Fully guided hunt on all private ground. Shells, lunch and bird processing included.
JK LAB Boarding Kennels
41525 248th St.
JK LAB Boarding Kennels is family owned and has the personal care and attention needed to care for your pets. We offer flexible hours for your convenience and in-floor heat for comfort in all kennels. Please stop in for a tour today!
25651 SD Hwy 37
Lakeview Veterinary Clinic
2020 W. Havens
We have all your hunting dog needs! 24 hour emergency service available.
Mike Kuchera’s South Dakota Guide Service, Inc.
PO Box 10; 135 E. 2nd Ave.
We offer a complete package, all-inclusive which includes a hot buffet lunch in the field, fully stocked bar, evening meal at private dining room, professional dog handler and well trained dogs.
Pheasants Forever Chapter #872
PO Box 807
Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.
Potter’s Fields Outfitter’s & Lodge
27945 431st Ave.
Freeman, SD 57029
Potter’s Fields is a South Dakota hunting lodge offering hunters privacy, unique opportunities and a quality pheasant hunting experience at an affordable price.
We hunt more than 3,000 acres of private land, focusing on a 5 mile stretch of the James River bottom which consists of timber, dense brush and cropland.
R&R Redstone Retreat
22274 406th Ave.
Redstone Creek Guides
Hunting location is 20 miles North of Mitchell
Redstone Creek Guides offer 3,000 acres of prime hunting. With 20 years combined experience, let us show you all the hunting opportunities the Southeastern side of the state has to offer!
Rock Creek Lodge & Pheasant Hunting
Hunting location is 5 miles East of Mitchell
At the Rock Creek Lodge & Pheasant Hunting we offer you a great hunting experience, one that you’ll always remember. We welcome you to join us in some of the best pheasant hunting in South Dakota.
Rooster Roost Ranch
25699 407th Ave.
The staff at Rooster Roost Ranch will personally guide you on approximately 50,000 acres of prime pheasant hunting land. We will hunt food plots of corn, milo or millet, CRP ground, wetlands, trees and draws.
24882 397th Ave.
Mt. Vernon 57363
We have a 9 unit lodge with single & full pillow top beds and can house 18 hunters. Lodge is fully furnished with kitchen, upstairs/downstairs lounge areas, pool table, 8 person hot tub, bar, poker tables. Handicap accessible.
Rubendall Pheasant Hunting
1427 Pinehurst Ave.
4 generations of pheasant guiding on acres of tree belts, food plots and native grasses located North of Mitchell, near the Artesian area. Lunch is available upon request.
Safe Haven Small Animal Hospital
201 E. Norway Avenue
Convenient location near Interstate 90 and motels. 24 hour emergency services available. We offer grooming, complete in-house diagnostic lab, X-ray, ultrasound, dental care, full line of Science Diet pet food, laser surgery, and micro chipping.
South Dakota Pheasant Country Hunting
45174 Quail Drive
Canistota, SD 57012
If you are interested in experiencing a wild pheasant hunt that others only dream about–then contact the South Dakota Pheasant Country Hunting Lodge. Our family has been guiding pheasant hunters since the early 1950’s–and are dedicated to showing you a great pheasant hunt and a wonderful time.
23423 398th Ave., PO Box 207
The Roost is family owned and operated. We offer a full service hunt consisting of guide services, meals and lodging. We are located 28 miles northwest of Mitchell. A place where you can relax and enjoy the wide open spaces of country living.
Veurink’s Dakota Outdoors, LLC
38046 272nd St.
Veurink’s Dakota Outdoors is a family owned and operated business that prides itself on creating a memorable pheasant hunting experience with a family-like atmosphere.