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Looking for a place to shoot prairie dogs after we pheasant hunt this October.

Anyone have any experience or input on a place to go, contact, etc.?

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I have been out a couple of times to Smeenks Ranch. He is a local rancher located about 20 minutes north of Newall or about 1 hour north of Sturgis. He has a 5 bedroom 2 bathroom lodge with full kitchen, pool table and bar that the hunters stay in. The lodge is an old Air Force base that was used to launch nuclear weapons. He has a lot of property to hunt with numerous dog towns on them, some you don't even need to go down the road for, you can just leave directly from the lodge. One dog town is about a 1/2 mile wide by 2 miles long, can shoot all day if it is sunny. Jim and Jean Smeenk are great host and genuine cowboys. I think they charge $150 day which includes lodging and trespass fee.

They have alot of antelope also, might want to check into a combo hunt. PM if you would like there phone number.

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You can go to the Rosebud where there are Plenty of PDs but you are required to have a guide. They have a list. In choosing a guide be sure and get references. Website shown above.

You can stay at the casino or at the Thorobred lodge in White River.

Pine Ridge reservation has the most prairie dogs, but I have no experience with guides, etc. Hot Springs is just West of that reservation.

A place as described above is probably good if you don't want to take the time to learn the areas and quirks. But you are depriving youurself of some of the fun, too.

No matter how you approach it, expect a learning curve.

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I have hunted Rosebud without a guide. You dont need a guide to find them but they may have new laws that require it. I moved away in 1995. Rosebud had all I could shoot and big ones at that but be careful of the rattlers because they are there
 

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About that old air force base at the Smeenk's ranch; just who did they launch nuclear weapons on? Just curious... ;-)
 

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The Smeenks ranch was an Air Force base during the cold war and controlled 12 missle silos along the northern US border. I pretty sure they never launched any nuclear weapons from it though.

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Come on spring! Got all my boolits loaded and a fresh set of tires.

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Love dog hunting. Me and my wife shoot over 2500 shells in three days. Who ever gets the longest hang time wins. LOL
 

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You might consider contacting the Kadoka Chamber of Commerce and other towns around the edge of the Badlands.

I have a big place to shoot over in Wyoming near the Keyhole Reservoir. It is private ground. Only charge is a bottle of good whiskey... that we all share with my friend, the landowner.

It it can be arranged around my schedule, I wouldn't have a problem letting you come along for a day of shooting. Bring lots and lots of ammo; probably up to 500 rounds a day, and then some 22LR for some real testy long shots.

We normally shoot 223, 22-250 and 22LR when the noise gets to them. I don't 'hunt' (it really ain't hunting) with guys shooting big cannons.

There is no charge. I don't believe ANYONE should have to pay a damn dime to eradicate these flea and plague infested rascals.

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All nuclear weapons NOT loaded onto Minuteman missles, were handled at Ellsworth AFB just East and outside of Rapid City. There were other bases too, one in ND, MT, and elsewhere.

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What bullet is being used? I am surprised that there is not a bigger "explosion" as per, say, a 220 Swift with a 55 grain V-Max.
 

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I used to hunt the stretch between Interior and Scenic, just below the Badlands. Last I heard, that whole area was closed to pd shooting...

Too bad, it was a good area!
 

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They closed that Scenic area (the Conatta Basin) because they introduced the Blackfooted ferret there. Unfortunately, the pd's migrated to private land and have really torn up grazing land.

Many years ago the area ranchers had their "annual" pd shoot. They'd fix all of us breakfast and transport us around if we needed it. The most pd tails won and once my buddy and I won a 22 rifle. Even killed a couple of rattle snakes, well I "captured" a couple live and brought the home to the freezer.

We also used to shoot often and quite a few up on the top table past Red Shirt, and then down the road adjacent to the Badlands Nat'l Monument. In fact, on one occasion I argued with the the Badland's Interior enforcement Office that we were in fact shooting on non-Badland's land. He could not prove to us that we were wrong, as we had currect State game, Fish & Parks maps showing the exact boundry. We later just left the uninformed dork and moved to other areas, before he wasted all our shooting time.

I've not shot for a long time down there. I even got an H-S Precision 223 built for it, but still prefer my 22-250. last place I shot pd's was on private land where Costner filmed "Dances with Wolves." No wolves there but a coyote or two. I even shot one while riding with a now-retired GF&P officer and friend.

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