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SD Pheasant Hunting

A Fly-Over Guide to Hunting South Dakota

In a state as vast as South Dakota, it helps to know where to go.


Northeast Region

This is where it all started. The first official pheasant release in South Dakota happened north of Redfield in 1908. Eleven years later, Redfield hosted the first pheasant season -- a one-day affair on which 1,000 hunters shot 200 birds. Today, this region is a well-performing and often underrated pheasant destination. 



The third-largest city in South Dakota is a pheasant hunting hub - and it's surrounded by 332,000 acres of public land. As an added bonus, all hotels are pet-friendly. 

Pheasant Hunting - Redfield


The "Pheasant Capital of the World" sits on the intersection of US Hwy 281 and US Hwy 212. It's the home of numerous outfitters, guides and lodges.

Regions - Watertown


If you love great dining after a day's walking, stay in this town right off I-90. Be sure to try the award-winning pizza at Dempsey's Brewery Pub & Restaurant

huron big pheasant


Within a 60 mile radius of Huron is 124,652 acres of prime public hunting. This year, hunters found plenty of birds. Mid-day hunting conditions are presenting a challenge to find birds, so hunters are focusing on high-percentage locations when birds would fly back to grass and other roosting areas.

There's one bird here you definitely can't miss: The World's Largest Pheasant. It's a 28-foot, 22-ton fiberglass rooster near Highway 14.

Central Region

Endless horizons. Missouri River views. Fantastic pheasant hunting. Central South Dakota has them all. The vast grasslands areas in this region are prime rooster cover and the friendly small towns are perfect hunter habitat.

Pierre Hunting


Pierre offers all the essential amenities for an unforgettable trip, from fine dining to dog-friendly hotels. It's also one of the few places in the world where you can bag the upland bird trifecta⁠—sharp-tailed grouse, prairie chicken and pheasant—all on the same hunt. Bird numbers are strong here this year, especially in the mornings along road ditches. Good hatches in areas that received a decent amount of rain are making for solid hunting.

Pheasant Hunting - Chamberlain


Walleyes meet ringnecks on the banks of the Missouri River in Chamberlain. If you’re looking for a rod and reel vacation, this is a great place to start. Chamberlain is also home to the luxurious Thunderstik Lodge



Ready for a West River adventure? Tripp County routinely ranks near the top of the South Dakota harvest lists. This year, hunters say bird numbers are up from recent years. Windy and dry conditions add a level of challenge, but a lot of birds are still being taken.



Mitchell is where eastern South Dakota blends into the west. It's also where you'll find plenty of corn, birds, and blaze orange adventures. Hunters in the Mitchell area are doing well this year, finding birds across the Mitchell area.

Planning Tools

Planning Tools

Whether you’re looking for a guided lodge experience or a public land adventure, we’ve got the resources to get you started.

Public Hunting Resources
Maps & Resources

Find a variety of maps, downloads, and planning information on the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks website. 

Public Hunting Maps
SD GFP Mobile App

Carry your license in your pocket. Type "SD GFP Outdoors" into the App Store. 

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