South Dakota Pheasant Hunting

The beauty and diversity of the Glacial Lakes landscape together with our decades long commitment to habitat development set Double P Ranch apart from the rest.

Set foot on any area of the ranch and your field of view will include wetlands, draws, tree plantings, robust upland cover, and countless food plots creating a sportsman’s paradise. While pursuing pheasants in field take a moment to turn your gaze toward the skies to witness the spectacular bird migrations of the central flyway. Whitetail deer are found throughout the ranch and often provide a heart racing experience especially when startled in heavy cover. When hunting near millet fields be prepared when the Double P Ranch guides yell “huns”, as the Hungarian partridge love the millet field edges and make exceptional table fare, especially when prepared by our chef.

With the exception of the first week of the regular season, pheasant hunting begins at 10 am. The guides will take groups of 8-10 hunters to the fields for the morning hunt, returning to the lodge for lunch. The group will go back to the fields for the afternoon and hunt the remainder of the day. If your party has less than 8 and desires a private guide please let us know in advance, we can often accommodate the request especially during the early and late seasons. There may be an additional charge.

Early Season Hunting

(September 8th – October 14th, 2016)

The early season is a great time to enjoy the full South Dakota outdoor experience during the warmer weather. Early season Double P Ranch pursuits include: pheasant hunting, waterfowl hunting, archery hunting dove hunting, and walleye fishing

Regular Season Hunting

(October 15th – November 20th, 2016)

The noon start during first week and subsequent 10 am start time after allows ample time for guests catch up on a little extra rest, grab their bow and head to a deer stand, slide on some waders and head to a slough or field for some legendary South Dakota waterfowl hunting, or make the 10 min drive to some of the finest walleye fishing in the Upper Midwest before the hitting the field for pheasants.

Late Season Hunting

(November 21st – December 19th, 2016)

The legendary flushes of pheasants that define South Dakota pheasant hunting occur when December weather concentrates the pheasants around thick cover and food. It is not uncommon to see hundreds of birds in a single field at this time of year when the conditions are right. Our December guests are welcome to bring their bow to spend some time in one of our stands or enclosed heated elevated blinds. When conditions are right we may even venture onto to the lake out back for some ice fishing for jumbo perch.

Your dog is welcome!

Many of our guests bring their dogs. It is amazing how much improvement occurs over the course of a few days of South Dakota pheasant hunting. Please note: Dogs are not allowed in lodge; we have a heated locker room or heated kennel room. Over zealous dogs may be asked to retire early. In most cases, bells, whistles, and beeping collars are better used in the lodge than in the field.