What Makes South Dakota the Greatest?
The habitat and hospitality. A healthy mix of cropland and prairie creates the ideal pheasant habitat. The proof is in the results: more than 1 million roosters have been harvested in 17 of the past 20 years. We have the most birds in the country, but the fun goes beyond the field—no place caters to hunters like South Dakota.
Visit South Dakota and you’ll be in the for most thrilling and unforgettable bird hunts of your life. Get your ticket to outdoor adventures with a South Dakota small game license. The 2020 pheasant season begins Saturday, October 17.
Hunt the Greatest & Scheels Gear Giveaway
You and three of your favorite people can win the hunting trip of a lifetime, plus a bunch of great gear. If selected, your hunting party will get free SCHEELS apparel, Danner boots, Benelli shotguns and a 2021 guided pheasant hunt at R&R Pheasant Hunting. Stay tuned for details on how to enter.
Pheasants Forever Dog of the Day
For you, hunting is a hobby. For your dog, hunting is their life’s work. South Dakota partners with Pheasants Forever to celebrate furry faces from all over the country. Get your hunting partner featured. Then bring them on a "business trip" to South Dakota.
“It’s not only about the hunt – the true value is spending quality time with friends and family. We make wonderful memories through the laughter and storytelling. It’s memories and this special time that can be passed down to the next generation. It’s the best time of our lives to enjoy it all in the great outdoors!”
Lori W – Rapid City, South Dakota
“I came to South Dakota to pheasant hunt with some friends and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had as a hunter and outdoorsman. The landscape is incredible and the hunting was top notch. My overall experience in South Dakota was nothing short of amazing. Our dogs, guides, hunting and the emphasis on safety were second to none. If you ever have thought about booking a trip to South Dakota to hunt pheasants, do it. You wont regret it.”
Josh B, Nashville
“Pheasant hunting in SD has been a lifelong tradition for my family for over 50 years. When I was a young boy I was the "dog" helping to flush and retrieve the pheasants until I was old enough to carry a gun and have my own dog do the retrieving. Introducing my son and daughter to the sport goes well beyond bird counts and bag limits. The annual trip back home each year has always brought me happiness as I reconnect with family and friends to celebrate this family tradition”.
Doug W, Pennsylvania
“I’ve been coming to SD for the pheasant season for 50 years, since I was 6 years old. Even when the bird numbers were down a little, the people are always great. That’s really what keeps me coming back.”
Allen H, lifelong Alaskan