South Dakota Deer Hunt

Fully guided rifle or archery, license #36583

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Overview:
We’re excited to now offer both Whitetail & Mule Deer Hunts on our private leases in the Black Hills region of South Dakota! This hunt includes guide services, home-cooked meals, game handling, comfortable accommodations and a HIGH OPPORTUNITY FOR SUCCESS! After a full day afield, you’ll return to the lodge where you can unwind, share stories and enjoy a home-cooked meal before catching a good night’s rest.

Species and Limits:
Each hunter may harvest up to one whitetail or mule deer buck (based on the applicable tag drawn).

Location & Transportation:
This hunt will take place on our 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 a one-hour drive). From camp, we’ll provide transportation to and from the field for the duration of your stay.

Hunt Style & Terrain:
We offer spot-and-stalk, ground blind and tree-stand style hunts with bow or gun. Our leases are easily accessible and not terribly difficult to navigate. 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.

  • Mule deer hunting will typically take place in “the breaks” area of our hunting ground and be a spot-and-stalk style hunt.
  • • Whitetail deer hunts are more typically ground blind or tree-stand style hunts along wooded creek bottoms or in agricultural areas where deer activity is highest.

Success Ratio:
Nearly 100% shooting opportunity on a mature whitetail or mule deer buck.

Price:
All hunt prices are based on two hunters x one guide (1×1 hunts are available for additional $1,000).

  • • Mule Deer Archery: $4,500 (four-day spot-and-stalk style hunt)
  • • Whitetail Archery: $3,500 (four-day tree-stand or ground-blind style hunt)
  • • Mule Deer Rifle: $5,500 (three-day spot-and-stalk style hunt)
  • • Whitetail Rifle: $4,500 (three-day tree-stand or ground-blind style hunt)

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.

Note: A wounded animal shall be considered harvested and any continuation of the hunt will be at the sole discretion of the outfitter.

Gratuities:
Our team works hard to ensure your experience is as good as it can be from start to finish. 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 the hunt cost for your guide and 5% of the cost for your cook.

Dates:

Archery Deer Hunt Dates (Season Runs Sept 1, 2021 – Jan 1, 2022):

  • • Sept 1 – 4, 2021 (arrive on Aug 31st and depart on Sept 5th)
  • • Sept 6 – 9, 2021 (arrive on 5th and depart on 10th)
  • • Sept 12 – 15, 2021 (arrive on 11th and depart on 16th)
  • • Oct 29 – Nov 1, 2021 (arrive on Oct 28th and depart on Nov 2nd)
  • • Nov 3 – 6, 2021 (arrive on 2nd and depart on 7th)
  • • Nov 8 – 11, 2021 (arrive on 7th and depart on 12th)

West River Rifle Deer Hunt Dates (Season Runs Nov 13 – Nov 28, 2021):

  • • Nov 13 – 15, 2021 (arrive on 12th and depart on 16th)
  • • Nov 17 – 19, 2021 (arrive on 16th and depart on 20th)
  • • Nov 22 – 24, 2021 (arrive on 21st and depart on 25th)

Sample Itinerary:
Arrival day
– 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. Mule Deer hunts are typically more physical, as they are spot-and-stalk style. Whitetail hunters will be set up at a strategically located stand or blind. Break for lunch in the afternoon. Back to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Departure day – Breakfast and departure.

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:
The weather conditions in South Dakota can fluctuate drastically. September temps may range from 30s to 80s, while November temps can dip down into single digits. Precipitation (rain or snow) is always a possibility as well. Therefore, preparing for various weather conditions is a must. We will provide a recommended gear list once you have booked your hunt.

Licensing Details:
Non-Resident Rifle Deer License/Tags are available only by drawing and specific to “any deer” or “whitetail only” (deadline to apply for West River Special Buck is April 16, 2021). Non-Resident Archery Deer License/Tags are guaranteed and valid for either whitetail or mule deer but do require the submission of an application. We will be happy to assist you in acquiring a license/tag.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Hunter’s Safety Card is required for all hunters under 16 years of age.

Processing:
Should you successfully harvest an animal, your guide will be responsible for field dressing, skinning, and transporting your prize out of the field and back to the lodge. Taxidermy and processing fees are the client’s responsibility.

Gear List:
All you’ll need to bring is your personal hunting gear and toiletries. For those who prefer to travel light, we offer gun rental and ammo for purchase on site. 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.

Updated:
February 11, 2021. All rights reserved.

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