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Experience Outdoor Hunting
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 ringneck 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 ringnecks 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 17 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.
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A&D Zoss Pheasant Hunting
23637 406th Ave
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.
A1 Al's Pheasant Ranch consists of over 5,000 acres of prime pheasant hunting.
AAA South Dakota Pheasant Hunting
112 S. Harmon Dr.
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
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.
Complete packages including all meals, lodging, field transportation, guides, and dogs. Lodging includes 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, pool table, darts, and 2 big screen satelite TV'S.
38173 254th St.
Folan Ranch is a 2nd generation guide service able to accomodate 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.