About Ringed-Neck Pheasants
The ring-necked pheasant is the state bird of North Dakota. This pheasant originally came from Oregon in 1908, thrived on the prairie, prompting the state to purchase and release 48 additional pairs of birds. In 1919, the pheasant population was high enough for the state to hold a one-day pheasant-hunting season. Over a century later, the combination of habitat, wildlife management and fortunate weather patterns have made South Dakota a pheasant haven and a world-class hunting destination.
Wild ring-necked pheasant hunting is our specialty and the South Dakota season opens the third weekend in October of each year. We hunt wild birds on native grass, food plots, CRP, waste ground, standing corn, river bottoms, and sloughs. Conservation practices have been in place at the ranch for many years and it shows. Other game birds that may be encountered on your hunt include Prairie chicken, Grouse, and Hungarian partridge.
Morning: The morning of your hunt will start with a hearty breakfast and a hot cup of coffee. After breakfast, your guide will provide safety instructions for during the hunt. Then, your guided hunting adventure begins! We will return to the lodge to warm up and have a delicious homemade lunch and to relax before going back to the field for the afternoon hunt.
After the Hunt
Once you're finished hunting, you'll head back to the lodge for the evening. Your guide takes your birds to the bird cleaner where they will be cleaned, packaged and frozen for your convenience. We invite you to enjoy lively spirits, beer and wine at the OJ Olsen bar while we prepare a luxury dinner of South Dakota beef, Alaskan Salmon, and other great tastes. You’ll finish off dinner with a down home dessert prepared fresh daily. We hope to offer a first-class, luxury experience for all our guests. If you have special dietary concerns, let us know upon booking and we will accommodate your need.