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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.

Fantastic Fishing

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.

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!

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks has made it easier for outdoor enthusiasts to purchase hunting and fishing licenses online.  Purchase your licenses online here


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A&D Zoss Pheasant Hunting

23637 406th Ave
Letcher, SD 57359
Cell: 605-999-4132

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 offers premier all-inclusive pheasant hunts along with one of South Dakota’s most impressive lodges.

With over 6,000 acres of prime pheasant hunting habitat, A1 Al’s Pheasant Ranch is dedicated to providing you the best pheasant hunting South Dakota has to offer.

We are located in Emery, South Dakota (about 45 minutes west of Sioux Falls or 15 minutes east of Mitchell, South Dakota).

We have an up scale state of the art 20,000 square foot lodge that has 20 bedrooms all with private bathrooms, a bar/recreation room with multiple televisions, bar games ranging from pool to darts, a grand hall for meals and relaxing, centered around an amazing stone fireplace, as well as a conference room and two private commons areas.

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.

Anderson Kennels

25107 404th Avenue
Mitchell 57301

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.

Dakota Trackers

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
Armour 57313

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
Mitchell 57301

Specializing in breeding, stud service, training, and proud breeders of Champion Bloodline Labrador Retrievers.

Farrell Farms Pheasant Hunts

40590 254th
Mitchell 57301

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.

Folan Ranch

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.
Mitchell 57301

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.
Alexandria 57311

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.
Fulton 57340

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!

K&J Hunting

25651 SD Hwy 37
Mitchell 57301

Lakeview Veterinary Clinic

2020 W. Havens
Mitchell 57301

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.
Mitchell 57301

We offer an all-inclusive package, two or three day hunts which includes a private room for each hunter at the Mitchell Hampton Inn, hot buffet field lunches, evening meals (steak and walleye) at Mitchell’s finest eating establishments, great pheasant hunting with an emphasis on safety over well-trained hunting dogs.  Each hunt is personally organized and guided by Mike Kuchera, who has been in the business for many, many years.

Pheasants Forever Chapter #872

PO Box 807
Mitchell 57301

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.
Forestburg 57314

Redstone Creek Guides

Hunting location is 20 miles North of Mitchell
Mitchell 57301

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.
Mitchell 57301

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.

Rosewood Barn

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.
Mitchell 57301

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
Mitchell 57301

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.

The Roost

23423 398th Ave., PO Box 207
Woonsocket 57385

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.
Harrison 57344

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.