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Suggestions for midwest pheasant hunting

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  1. gus

    gus Member

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    I'm planning on a WILD pheasant hunt (this fall) with lodging or nearby places to stay in SD, KS or ???. I have never been out there, not sure if I want to fly or drive, coming from PA where all we have are stocked pen raised chickens. Can anyone recommend a good place(s) that won't break the bank ? I can be PM'd, Thank you .
     
  2. Tripod

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    SOUT DAKODA
     
  3. Setterman

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    What do mean by "won't break the bank"? You can spend $125 - $300 per day, or you can go to a local bar and ask for some leads. It's become a pay to play game on most good ground, especially early in the season.
     
  4. LABWILD

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    I will be hunting neear Aberdeen, S.D. at Homestead Hunting for the 4th staight year. Go to www.homesteadhunting.com for more info. Great hosts and great hunting. Lee Wild
     
  5. shooterIII

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    South Dakota has walk in hunting areas where the state contracts with farmers for hunting privilege for hunters. Just contact at the above web site and request a list of these areas.

    Stan
     
  6. g7777777

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    The problem with walk in hunting if you are from out of state- a lot of that is barren ground or trampled over by the thousands.

    You wont know

    So the question is do you want to spend your time there just wandering around?

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  7. shooterIII

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    Gene I don't know where you have hunted but I have hunted a large number of these areas and they have not as you state "a lot of that is barren ground or trampled over by the thousands." So don't make such broad statements if don't know.
     
  8. g7777777

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    Shooterkill your statemnent and mine can both be compatable. You obviously have spent some time there ( as have I). You know where to go

    Someone from out of state just showing up would have no idea.

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  9. Jawhawker

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    South Dakota is the inplace to shoot roosties. It can be similar to shooten chickens in the yard in areas.


    South Dakota unlike other states has really good and walkin areas and state grounds which host a volume of birds. A simple call to an area chamber of commerce will obtain alot of info. The state game commision will help emmensley as well.

    This is a volume resource for the state and as such they have a unique stocking program to help the reproduction of wild birds. If there was any state I wouldn't be fearfull of freelancing in, this is it..
     
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    The above website will get you where you want to go. No frills, just great hunting and great people. Joe
     
  11. wolfram

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    Since you haven't made the trip before, I would get a guided service that features access to leased ground and wild birds. It may seem spendy but it is similar to just about any other kind of vacationing. Once you are there you can get a better idea of what is available for public hunting.

    One of my favorite guide services like this this the Cannonball Co. in Regent ND.

    The last rooster hunt I went on in KS was done on public walk in areas and it was fantastic. No problem filling the bag limit with roosters and good numbers of Bobwhites. This still wasn't a cheap hunt though, just getting there was a big expense, then there were motels and meals and lots of fuel for getting around to all the places we wanted to check out. Great adventure but you spend more time exploring than hunting.
     
  12. CO - 369

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    We have be hunting both So. Dakota and Ks. the last 3 yrs. Only public walk in areas, and late in the season. Each year we eliminate a lot of walk in areas and find another one or two that are productive. It takes a lot of time and gas.

    A good hunt is different things to different people. If I kill a rooster or two a day, over a nice point... great day. Most days, that happens. Sometimes a little better, sometimes a little worse. Both I and my setter have some years on us, so we don't walk all day long.

    I agree with Wolfram. Coming the distance you are, and first time out ... go with a guide service. Until you see it, can't believe the # of birds in So. Dakota. Good Luck
     
  13. clayshooter555

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    One nice thing about SD...you can hunt the road ditches without anyone's permission. And these ditches always hold birds. Heck you can walk the road ditches right outside the fence of the best pay to shoot fields in the state and it is perfectly legal. Works best if you have a dog with you.

    The Kansas Walk In hunting program is solid. Only draw back is that you never know the type of cover you will have until you get there and see it.

    SD clearly has more birds however.

    Good Luck!!
     
  14. k3uro

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    Hey,

    Anyone going to SW KS in 2011, give me a shout. I have hunted there for 5 years and kind of know the Walk In thing.

    I have not hunted SD, but I know they have restrictions on Out of State Hunters. Later start times and ND is about the same. So, I just go to KS. If you are in decent shap there are more acres than you will ever be able to walk.

    Last week I jumped several groups of 50 plus birds. They are bunched up this time of year.

    I am just not able to run with my dogs like I used to. 10 miles used by a piece of cake but not anymore.

    As a side note the manager of the Caribou gun club in SW MN, told me his bird man sold a (?) plus birds each year to SD? Not sure what that means. When I lived in MN I knew guys who went to SD and came back with a very samll bag of birds.

    I am sure it is good in the right spot or you can pay to shoot. Of course than you might as well, go to a Put and Take in your local area. It ia a lot cheaper.

    Take care,

    Jim
     
  15. gus

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    Thanks for all the help guys, as usual this is the place to go for the straight skinny on this type of stuff. I have some research to do !
     
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