South Dakota Turkey Hunt

Fully guided, license #36583

Overview:
We’re excited to now offer a limited number of 3-Day Spring Turkey Hunts in the Black Hills region of South Dakota! This hunt includes guide services, home-cooked meals, game handling, comfortable accommodations and Plenty of Action! After chasing turkeys by day, we’ll return to the lodge where you can unwind, share stories, take in the sunset and enjoy a home cooked meal before catching a good night’s rest.

Species and Limits:
Although South Dakota is host to the Eastern and Merriam’s subspecies, it’s the highly sought-after Merriam’s that “Rule the Roost” in our area.  One bird is included in the hunt cost, with an option to add a 2nd bird for $500 if tags are available.

Location & Transportation:
This hunt will take place on our “Turkey-Rich” Private Land Leases near Newell, SD. Guests typically fly into Rapid City, SD the day before the hunt, rent a vehicle and arrive in camp by 3pm (about 1 hour drive). From camp, we’ll provide transportation to and from the field for the duration of your stay.

Success Ratio:

Typically 100% shooting opportunity on mature gobblers.

Hunt Style & Terrain:

This is typically a “set up and call” style shotgun hunt but may be conducted with archery equipment from a ground blind. Predominantly made up of prairie, rolling hills and creek bottoms our properties are easily navigable and “For the Birds” (in a good way). That said, this hunt can still be a physically challenging experience should you be required to “get after” a bird that just doesn’t want to cooperate. To that end, it’s in your best interest to be in as good of physical condition as possible in order to increase your chance for success and ensure an enjoyable hunt.

Price:

$1,950 per person (3-day hunt for 1 bird with up to 2 hunters per guide. Option for 2nd bird is available for additional charge of $500 provided 2nd tag is acquired)

  • Price includes: meals, lodging, guide services, field preparation of game and transportation to/from designated hunting
  • Price does not include: transportation to camp, applicable hunting licenses/tags, game processing, taxidermy fees, alcoholic beverages, gratuities and hotel or meal costs before or after scheduled hunt
  • Gratuities: Our team works hard to ensure your experience is as good as it can be from start to Therefore, when the smoke clears (and provided it’s warranted), a tip for your cook and guide will be greatly appreciated. Of course, the amount is at your discretion but a good rule of thumb is 10% of hunt cost for your guide and 5% of hunt cost for your cook.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: A wounded bird shall be considered harvested and any continuation of the hunt shall be at the discretion of the outfitter.

Dates:

  • Spring Turkey 2022 Season Dates:
    • Single-season Prairie Units: April 9- May 31, 2022        
  • Available 2022 Hunt Dates:
  • May 2-4 (Arrival May 1, Departure May 5)
  • May 7-9 (Arrival May 6, Departure May 10)
  • May 12-14 (Arrival May 11, Departure May 15)
  • May 17-19 (Arrival May 16, Departure May 20)

Sample Itinerary:

  • Day 1 – Arrive in camp by 3pm. Unpack and settle in, enjoy a hearty dinner, socialize and prepare for the following day’s hunt.
  • Day 2 thru 4 – Depart after a full breakfast in the morning. Enjoy your turkey hunt. Break for lunch in the afternoon. More chasing turkeys after lunch and back to the lodge in the evening for dinner and
  • Day 5 – Breakfast and depart for home.

Meals & Accommodations:

This hunt is conducted from a comfortable lodge with all the amenities of home. Home cooked meals will be served each evening with lunches in the field and breakfast before departing on each day’s hunt. All you’ll need to bring is your personal hunting gear and toiletries. A recommended gear list will be provided once you’ve booked your hunt.

Typical Weather Conditions:

Springtime in South Dakota is generally cooler with a mix of sunny days and chance of light showers. April and May enjoying an average high of 56˚/66˚ and a low of 31˚/42˚. Overnight temperatures are still chilly, with the lows averaging 20˚. Preparing for various weather conditions is a must so we will provide a recommended gear list once you have booked your hunt.

Licensing Details: We will be happy to assist you in acquiring a license/tag. Non-Resident Turkey License/Tags are available on a draw basis for approximately $125 (see application deadlines and details below). IMPORTANT NOTE: Hunters Safety Card is required for all hunters under 16 years of age.

  • APPLICATION DEADLINES:
  • First Deadline – Applications must be postmarked by Friday, 11. Apply online by 8 a.m. CST Wednesday, Feb. 16. Results available online by Tuesday, Feb. 22. One application may be submitted per applicant.
  • Second Deadline – Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March Apply online by 8 a.m. CST Wed, Mar. 9. Results available online by Friday, Mar. 11. Those who do not already have a license may submit one application.
  • Third Deadline – After the second deadline drawing, licenses remaining are pooled and available to both residents and nonresidents. Applications must be postmarked by Thursday, Mar. 17. Apply online by 8 a.m. CDT Wednesday, Mar. 23. Results available online by Thursday, Mar. 24. Residents and nonresidents may apply for additional licenses (five maximum for this season, including any license received in the first or second draw).
  • Leftover Licenses – An individual may have an unlimited number of licenses for this season in any unit or any combination of units. They will be issued first-come, first- served either online or by mailing in an This process will begin on Friday, Mar. 25.

Gear List:

All you’ll need to bring is your firearm, ammo, personal gear and toiletries. We will provide a recommended gear list once you have booked your hunt.

Processing:

Should you successfully harvest a bird, your guide will be responsible for field care and transportation of your prize back to camp. Taxidermy and processing fees are the client’s responsibility.

Optional Activities:

Fishing may be available in nearby rivers, lakes, and ponds.

Deposits:

A 50% non-refundable deposit must be paid to reserve your space. Final payments are due 60 days prior to hunt start date.

Caveat:

Information contained in this trip description is subject to change without notice. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Updated:

January 14, 2022. All Rights Reserved

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