20 or 12 gauge shotguns are recommended and a modified choke is best most of the time. The lightest load we allow in a 12 gauge in a 2 3/4" shell is 1 1/4 oz. of shot and 3 3/4 drams. Three inch magnums are recommended for 20 gauge shotguns. Four and five shot lead is recommended and nickel or copper plated shot is better. Steel shot is not recommended or required on the lands we hunt.
Clothing to Bring
Appropriate clothing to wear during the day would include a light jacket, a medium weight jacket and a heavy coat. Good, sturdy walking boots are a must. Jeans or canvas hunting pants will keep your legs protected during walking in the fields.
You are welcome to bring your own well trained dog OR your dog that will stay close (30 yards) to you without you continuously shouting or blowing a whistle. Your dog does not need to be a fantastic dog to be allowed to hunt; we just ask that the dog works close.
Below is a chart of the average temperatures and precipitation in our area of South Dakota for the months of October through December.
You will get all settled in your lodge before you begin the hunt. You can sure join us for any meals that may be in the meantime. Your hunting day(s) will approximately follow this schedule:
8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
Safety meeting and orientation. Fill out licenses
Depart for the field.
Return to the lodge for lunch.
Depart for the field, if necessary. Most hunts are over by 3:00 p.m., and sometimes before lunch.
5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Appetizers and cocktail hour.
Dinner is served.
The main lodge is open until 10:00 p.m. Relax, play cards, pool, watch TV, etc.
Here is a brief summary of airport options. Please contact us for further information.
Gregory, SD Runway: 3800 x 60 ft. / 1158 x 18 m Winner, SD Airport Runway: 4500 x 75 ft. / 1372 x 23 m
Mitchell, SD Runway: 5512 x 100 ft. / 1680 x 30 m
Sioux Falls, SD or Omaha, NE can be used for commercial flights.