Can I bring my own dog?
Yes, you can bring your own dog but it must be under control, work close and handle without excessive noise. If there are several dogs in the hunting party we will most likely limit the number of dogs used at one time.
Do you have kennels?
Our new kennel facility is generally full with our own dogs. Most hunters crate their dog in their vehicle. However, your dog can be crated inside a heated building for overnight stays during cold weather. Please call ahead if you need kennel or crate space. We’ll do what we can to accomodate your dog.
Do you allow dogs in the lodge?
What kind of dogs do you have?
We primarily hunt with Labradors.
Can we shoot rabbits or coyotes?
Although your license allows you to take these animals, we don’t allow it for the safety of the hunters and the dogs. We allow no shooting on the ground!
Are the hunts guided?
Yes, we always have a minimum of 2 guides per group that keep the hunt organized and under control.
How do I purchase my license? What does a license cost?
We are an authorized license agent and offer license sales at the lodge. Otherwise licenses can be purchased at most convenience stores or online at the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks website. Non-resident 10 day small game licenses are $125, non-resident youth (ages 12-15) small game licenses are $12.00, and non-resident shooting preserve licenses are $50 for a one day, $80 for a 5 day and $125 for season long.
Do I need a hunter’s safety card to purchase a license?
Not unless you are under the age of 16. Then, you need a previous license from the state of South Dakota or a hunter’s safety card and a parent or guardian must sign the license.
Are the hunts safe?
We have a safety meeting before each hunt in which our safety rules are explained. The guides carefully watch gun handling and shooting. Any individual who does not follow these rules will be removed from the hunting party.
Do I need blaze orange clothing?
State law does not require it but our policy does require you to wear blaze orange. We prefer that you wear at least a blaze orange cap. Shooting glasses are required and available at the lodge.
Do you have a place I can shoot targets?
Yes, we have a small sporting clays range set up.
What type of guns do you recommend?
We recommend 12 and 20 gauge guns. Preferably pump action or semi-autos. Double barrels are acceptable but quick multiple shot opportunities can be missed.
What ammunition can I shoot? Do I have to shoot steel?
You must shoot 4, 5 or 6 shot. In a 12 gauge, we recommend 2 3/4″, 1 1/4 oz. of shot and 3 3/4 drams minimum powder charge. Three inch magnums are not recommended for a 12 gauge as they are much slower. In a 20 gauge, a 3″ magnum is recommended. None of our hunts requires steel or non-toxic shot.
Do you have ammo available at the lodge?
Yes. We usually have a good supply of 12 and 20 gauge for purchase.
What type of cover do you hunt?
We hunt a mixture of milo food plots, CRP, trees, cattails and corn.
Do you hunt private or public land?
We hunt only private land that we have exclusive hunting rights to.
Do you provide alcoholic beverages?
No, but you can bring your own. Drinking is allowed only after the hunt is over for the day. We do provide soft drinks.
Do I need to bring towels or food?
We provide all linens. You don’t need to bring any towels or bedding. Most hunts include all meals.
How soon do I need to book the hunt?
The sooner the better. Early season hunts are booked up 10-12 months ahead of time.
How do we get our game home?
Bring a cooler along and we will pack it for you, or it can be shipped overnight for an extra fee. We will also have coolers available for purchase.
Do you offer taxidermy services?
Yes. We can take your trophy to a local taxidermist for you, and it will be shipped back to you when it’s finished.
If you have other questions, please give us a call at 605-350-6800 or 605-380-6980, or send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.