Double P Ranch resides on the western edge of the Coteau des Prairies in the Glacial Lakes region of South Dakota. A dense mosaic of wetlands covering the gently undulating landscape provide a unique and diverse landscape for pheasant to thrive.
Since the formation Double P Ranch in 1996, our primary goal has been to restore and create unparalleled pheasant habitat to support sustainable, robust pheasant populations. Every year new restorations projects are planned and implemented with the goal of further improving the landscape. Our goal is to create the finest pheasant habitat of any South Dakota Ranch.
Twenty years ago we recognized that creating permanent winter habitat was essential if the ranch was to have consistent and robust pheasant populations year over year. Early on, we witnessed the devastating effects the winter of 1997 had on both pheasant and deer populations. Seeing the pheasant population plummet ninety percent and deer population get cut in half over a single winter, strengthened our resolve to create permanent winter throughout the ranch.
Much of our restoration efforts during the first several years were dedicated to planting trees, in fact hundreds of thousands of trees. These tree belts located throughout the ranch provide some of the finest sustainable winter pheasant habitat in South Dakota. Our tree planting efforts have been nationally recognized. Any visiting guest is sure to notice our trees belts and the pheasant they attract.
Recently our restoration efforts have focused on establishing diverse fields of native grasses and forbs, replacing the monoculture fields of grass, common in first or second-generation conservation plantings. The last few years several of our guests have asked why some of our fields are hayed and some full of weeds. The hayed fields have been prepped for spring planting; the weedy fields have been planted that season. Recently planted fields always look messy the first year. It's only after two or even three years that these fields come to fruition attracting and holding pheasants. In 2016, we look forward to the second year of the planting of 2015 and more field conversion.
The abundance of wetlands in the Glacial Lakes region of South Dakota allows our visiting guests to enjoy multiple pursuits. The high wetland density of the Prairie Pothole Region attracts waterfowl beginning in the spring until ice up. The thick wetland cover attracts and holds both deer and pheasants, especially when temperatures drop. The ranch has nearly 100-defined wetlands throughout; these wetlands range from a fraction of an acre to over 40 acres. Numerous larger water bodies provide world-class fishing opportunities throughout the season.
Through the years we improved the scope and quality our food plots. In the early days we had just a handful of mostly weedy food plots,; today we have so many that we don't bother counting them. These diverse food plots are designed to attract and hold, pheasants, Hungarian partridge, dove, and whitetails.
I had the lucky pleasure of staying at the ranch opening week of pheasant hunting in 2015. While it was a relatively last minute booking of just finding a place, I consider myself to be one of the luckiest hunters in the world for the experience I had at your ranch. The accommodations met my expectations of clean, comfortable, and relaxing. The staff and guides are top notch. Special acknowledgment to Mongo for his awesome guiding. Of course the meals blew me away. My running statement since being there: "it was a Michelin 3 star restaurant with awesome hunting". I would not even look at another lodge unless 2xP was booked solid through the season (and I still might hold out for next season).
Thank you, I will be back.
~ Ben Meister
Hi Cyrus. Thanks for your help and I have to tell you, we all had a great time. I think you own a piece of heaven there. The guides were outstanding. Already planning again for next year.
Vice President & General Manager NOVOLEX™
Just wanted to say thank you again for a great few days at Double P. Joe and I had a great time. The accommodations, the guides, the employees, chris the cook, they were all top notch. Unbelievable guides who work their tails off! The food was AMAZING! Putting that buck down was just the icing on the cake! We will be back next fall (if we are welcome, that is). Very classy, yet down to earth place to hunt! Thanks again...a hunt I'll never forget!
Cyrus just wanted to say thank you very much to you and your awesome staff. The food was first class and the hunting was awesome. Although we had snow with very high winds on one of our days Jessie and the staff managed to get us on the birds. You have given us memories to last a life time and look forward to another trip to hunt at your ranch again. It was like a family hunting camp in the evening with so many nice people from many states. Thanks again from the Iowa hunters for a great time! See Pic
Our recent trip to your ranch was AWESOME! I cannot express in mere words what a wonderful experience we had. Jessie was an excellent guide with two great dogs. Take care of him! As the face of your ranch, he represented you very well. Birds were plentiful, both pheasant and dove albeit we had a few misses before we figured out how much faster they are than what we are used to. Patrick created amazing meals and was a riot to hang out with. Still drooling over the wild boar meatloaf!
Thank you again for a great trip!
Battalion Chief William Hoover, Gold Shift
Wauconda Fire District
I just wanted to drop you a quick email in regards to the hunt this past weekend. Our guys had an absolute wonderful time. Your guides were top notch. Matt done a very good job of leading the charge and they were all there for us anytime we needed anything. They went above and beyond to ensure everyone was pleased. Your cook, Jock, prepared some tremendous meals and he never quit working the entire time we were there. Typically, with a group as large as ours, it is hard to please everyone, but your crew managed to do it. There were no complaints. This was a great experience for some of our group that have never had the opportunity to take a trip like this. Please give your guides and Jock a pat on the back for a job well done. I would be very surprised if you don't see some return business in the future with the effort they put forth.
Bowen Engineering Corporation
Not sure where to start, but here goes. The food was great, not just good but great and Chris was a great guy. The guides were great to work with. They listened to what we wanted and let us work our dogs. Their dogs were well trained and the cover was really well developed. They work really hard and put in a long day. In the evening they are fun to be with over dinner. A lot of corn still on the fields but I chalk that up to mother nature. The Roost was really comfortable and nice and clean. The heated room for the dogs was first class as well. Everyone agreed that we need to begin planning the trip for next year.
My compliments on a first class operation.
Paul Rosen | President & CEO
M/I Financial Corp.
I was part of the Josh Stephens party you had earlier this week and I thought it appropriate to pass on that we had a great time earlier this week. I really appreciate how well Jack and Chris took care of us. I can't forget to mention Mongol as he was a blast to swap stories with at the end of the day.
I just wanted to say thank you for a great experience last week. Everyone had a blast and the volume of waterfowl was simply amazing.... staff were all excellent and Chris can hang with any of the five star restaurants I have ever been to. I made this trip all about my dog and we experienced some fantastic memories all around.
I just wanted to email to let you know that Doug and I had an awesome trip and some great pheasant hunting at your lodge. I am not sure what was better, truthfully--the hunting or the lodge atmosphere with Chris's food. Both were incredible! We met some great folks, including Jack, Corey, and Chris, and several other hunters who were in and out of the lodge during our stay. We just wanted to let you know that your service was a rare one where the advertising and hype matched the real experience. Thanks a lot for the opportunity and don't be surprised if we come back! (I pretty much have to hunt ducks and geese with y'all after what I saw this week!).
Just wanted to say thank you for an outstanding time. Much more than expected after seeing the 2013 pheasant survey. Everyone was great from all the guides, Luke , jack & Corey. Chris did a fine job preparing the food The meals were delicious.
I speak for Don, Bud & Mark that we look forward to a return trip next year.
Cyrus, just wanted to take time to say how much we enjoyed our pheasant hunt. Everything was top notch. Your lodge was outstanding and the heated dog kennels were a plus. The pheasant hunting was outstanding even in below zero temperatures. The best part was getting to see my 68 year old father shoot a pheasant for the first time. Korey and his dogs, Max and Trigger, were excellent. They did everything they could to help us have a successful hunt. If we are ever lucky enough to come back to South Dakota, I see no reason to go anywhere but the Double P.
Thanks for some great memories,
I wanted to let you know what a great time we had at the "Double P Ranch". The lodge was very comfortable and a nice place to come back to after hunting. What a wonderful dinner Chris prepared!! The best fish, pheasant and potato soup that I had ever eaten.
The pheasant hunting was incredible, our guides did a tremendous effort trying to get us into birds and making sure we had a good time.
I hope to see you again next year. Do not worry about Johnny we will be sure that he follow rules... to avoid receive again the "Double P Ranch Punishment" LOL!
Today was beautiful. Kirk and Scott have been very helpful and exceeded my expectations. I am enjoying my hunting and lodging experience.
We had a great time hunting up there and are looking forward to hopefully making it again next year.
I just completed a stay at your Double P Ranch lodge. We had a great time. The whole experience was wonderful. Your staff of Kirk, Tom, Kip, and Scott were all top notch.
I've been to South Dakota several times and by far this was the best experience. Hunting with Tom and Kip was really well done. Scott's cooking was really special. All are to be congratulated. Thank your staff for me - again top notch
Hidden Valley Golf Club
Just to let you know. We had a great time, saw lots of birds by mostly Kirk was a great host and guide. His dog Thor was a treat to hunt with. They were both a great experience for the two boys we had along.
"Having hunted across North America and beyond, I can easily say that your hunting operation is in the 'upper crust' of facilities catering to pheasant hunters. I truly look forward to returning at a future time."
"The hunting was GREAT! Birds everywhere! I even stepped on a hen: scared me to death!"
"My trip to Double P Ranch near Clark, South Dakota last year was just what I was looking for."
David R. Bayne, PhD
Professor Department of Fisheries Auburn University, Alabama
"Everyone in our group loved this place. Plenty of room to hunt, plenty of birds, the accommodations are great, and the food!"