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          General Information:

  • Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD) is 1 hour from Mitchell,  SD and is your best choice for booking air travel for pheasant hunts. 

  • Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP) is your best bet for the West River big game hunting. 

  • Transportation can be arranged for you or car rentals are available. .

  • Weather - The average temperature in South Dakota in October and November swings between 23 and 60 degrees F but can easily vary that much in just one day. Pack accordingly.

  • The daily pheasant limit is 3 roosters per gun per day and the possession limit is 15 roosters. The daily walleye limit is 4 fish of which only one can be greater than 20”. The possession limit is eight.

What to bring:

  • Quick drying layers and undergarments are always best for the varying temperatures on the northern plain. 

  • Wearing blaze orange isn’t required by law for pheasant but a blaze orange hat and vest are highly recommended. They are required for rifle hunting big game. 

  • Waterproof boots are a good idea but consider what you will be hunting.

  • A few pairs of warm socks are essential for those colder days afield. 

  • Boot gaiters or brush buster chaps are also a good idea for bird hunting.  

  • A thin malleable pair of gloves that you can wear while shooting is a great idea. Another heavier, warmer pair of gloves should be considered as well.

  • Rain gear

  • Headlamp

  • Warm hat and a synthetic balaclava are also a good idea

  • Ear and eye protection are a must

  • Game vest to hold shells, water, and birds.

  • Shotgun and ammunition – We recommend a 12 gauge shotgun with 2 ¾ - 3in size 4 or 6 shot. Of course 20 and 16 gauges are welcome as well. Gauge and ammunition are a personal decision but we hate wounding birds.

  • Rifles for deer and antelope  must have at least 1,000 ft/lbs of energy at the muzzle. 

  • Choose a lethal gun and ammunition that you are comfortable with.  You must abide by TSA regulations when transporting firearms and ammunition.



  • Non-resident small game/pheasant license costs $121 and lasts for 10 days or two separate 5 day periods. If you don’t know the dates of your second visit use 1/2/19 – 1/6/19 and you can change the dates at any time before the close of the season on 1/6/19. 

  • Non-resident fishing license can be purchased for 3 days for $37 or an annual license for $67

  • Both can be purchased online at 

  • For more information on licensing and regulations go to

  • Applications  for SD big game licenses can be purchased at 

  • Applications for Tribal tags can be purchased from the appropriate tribal site. 


Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hosting you this fall!


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