South Dakota

Turkey Hunt

Trip 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.

HUNT DETAILS

Species and Limits
One bird is included in the hunt cost, with an option to add a 2nd bird for $500 if tags are available.

Location
This hunt will take place on our “Turkey-Rich” Private Land Leases near Newell, SD.

Spring Turkey Hunt Dates
Apr 29 – May 1, 2024
May 4-6, 2024
May 9-11, 2024
May 14-16, 2024

Price
$1,950 per person for a 3-day hunt for 1 bird with up to 2 hunters per guide. Option for 2nd bird is available for additional charge. Price includes meals, lodging, guide, field preparation of game and transportation to/from designated hunting areas. Price does not include airfare, transportation to/from designated meeting location, hunting license/tags, game processing, taxidermy fees, alcoholic beverages, gratuities, or meal and hotel charges incurred before pack-in or after pack-out dates. A 50% non-refundable deposit must be paid to reserve your space. Final payments are due 60 days prior to hunt start date.

Licensing
Non-Resident Turkey License/Tags are available on a draw basis for approximately $125. We will be happy to assist you in acquiring a license/tag.

SD License #36583

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.

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.

SUCCESS RATIO:
Typically 100% shooting opportunity on mature gobblers.

PRICE:
$1,950 PER PERSON  for a 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 areas.
  • 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 dates.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: A wounded animal shall be considered harvested and any continuation of the hunt shall be at the discretion of the outfitter.

GRATUITIES:
Our team works hard to ensure your experience is as good as it can be from start to finish. Tips are of course at your discretion, but a good rule of thumb is 10% of hunt cost for our guides and 5% or hunt cost for our cook.

2024 DATES:

TURKEY HUNT:  (SEASON RUNS: April 13 – May 31, 2024 )

  • Apr. 29-May 1 (Arrival Apr. 28, Departure May 2)
  • May 4-6 (Arrival May 3, Departure May 5)
  • May 9-11 (Arrival May 8, Departure May 10)
  • May 14-16 (Arrival May 13, Departure May 17)

SAMPLE ITINERARY:

  • Arrival Date – Arrive at the lodge by 3pm.  Unpack and settle in, enjoy a hearty dinner, socialize and prepare for the following day’s hunt. 
  • Hunting Days – Depart after a full breakfast in the morning. Enjoy your turkey hunt. Break for lunch in the afternoon. Back to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.
  • Departure Date – 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.

TYPICAL WEATHER CONDITIONS:
Springtime in South Dakota is generally cooler with a mix of sunny days and chance of light showers. April and May enjoy 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:
Non-Resident Turkey License/Tags are available on a draw basis for approximately $125 (see application deadlines and details below). WE WILL BE HAPPY TO ASSIST YOU IN ACQUIRING A LICENSE/TAG.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

  • First Deadline – Applications must be submitted online by 8 a.m. CST, Monday, Feb. 12. Results available online by Thursday, Feb. 15. One application may be submitted per applicant.
  • Second Deadline – Applications must submitted online by 8 a.m. CST Tuesday, Mar. 5. Results available online by Monday, 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 submitted online by 8 a.m. CDT, Friday, Mar. 22. Results available online by Wednesday, Mar. 27. Residents and nonresidents may apply for one additional license in this drawing, even if they already possess a license from the first or
    second drawings.
  • 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 by online application
    only. This process will begin on Wednesday, Mar. 27, at 2 p.m. CDT.

IMPORTANT NOTE: HUNTERS SAFETY CARD IS REQUIRED FOR ALL HUNTERS UNDER 16 YEARS OF AGE.

PROCESSING:
Should you successfully harvest a bird, your guide will be responsible for field dressing, skinning and transporting your prize out of the backcountry and back to camp. Taxidermy and processing fees are the client’s responsibility.

GEAR LIST:
All you’ll need to bring is your personal hunting gear and toiletries. We will provide a recommended gear list once you have booked your hunt.

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.

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