If you’re looking for a great South Dakota pheasant hunting lodge and a truly memorable bird hunting experience, you’ve come to the right place. GSS represents the finest outfitters in the state.
The common or ring-necked pheasant is one of the world’s most widespread and popular gamebirds, and can be found almost anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere as well as in Australia, New Zealand, and a few other southern locations. While it isn’t native to the United States, it has flourished here. It’s such a successful species in South Dakota that it’s become the state bird, and rightfully so—a bad year for pheasant hunting is one in which less than one million birds are bagged!
The ring-necked pheasant is extremely sexually dimorphic, making it easy to identify the colorful, trophy-worthy roosters. The have vivid iridescent feathers that are green-black on the head, red to copper on the front and sides, and light blue on the rump. Their tails are extremely long, sometimes more than two feet. Other distinguishing marks include red wattles encircling each eye and a pure white ring around the neck. The female is a dull, mottled brown and has a much shorter tail.
Roosters usually weigh about two and a half pounds, half a pound heavier than females. With the long tail included they can grow up to three feet long.
The season for hunting pheasants in South Dakota generally lasts from September or October to December or early January.
The outfitters GSS represents provide excellent three- or four-day hunts on thousands of acres of prime hunting land groomed specifically for pheasants. Hunting dogs and professional guides will help you flush the pheasants and give you good odds of bringing home a small mountain of roosters.
One of the main considerations with pheasant hunting is the time of year. The easiest hunts are generally right at the beginning of the season—the young roosters have never been hunted before and are not particularly skittish. As the season goes on, they learn to fear hunters and become more of a challenge. They are at their most wary around the time of the first snow. At that point they’ve gotten used to hunters but are struggling to adapt to winter conditions. Go for early season hunts for the highest success rate possible or late season for a sporting challenge. Either way, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to bag this magnificent bird.
Call Global Sporting Safaris at 888-850-4868, Extension 700 today and let us know what type of South Dakota pheasant hunting experience you are looking for. We’ll send you information on opportunities that match your goals. Our experienced outfitters are second to none and we’re happy to share personal experiences with you.