Top 10 Best South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Towns

With the 2017 South Dakota Pheasant Opener just 1 week away, it is only appropriate to list out the top 10 list of best pheasant hunting towns in South Dakota where you can setup your basecamp for the hunting season.


I do need to preface this with this is my hunting town of choice.  This will be my 15th annual trip to  Redfield known for being the “Pheasant Capital of the World,” Redfield is an outstanding location – located on Highway 212.  It’s roughly 2 hours west of Watertown.  I normally spend the first night in Watertown and head out bright and early for Redfield on the day of the hunt.  The Super 8 in Redfield is a good place to hang your hat at the end of the hunt.

Mobridge has always ranked as one of the top pheasant producing areas in South Dakota, the city of Mobridge is located on the banks of the Missouri River so it is one of those places where you could make it a wing and fin combo trip.   The walleye fishing is spectacular here.  There are fewer crowds than you will find in the eastern side of the state.  Walworth County also features over 50,000 acres of lands accessible for public hunting, so if you’re planning a do it yourself type of trip, you won’t have a shortage of land to hunt here.
Brookings isn’t one of the big names in South Dakota towns known for pheasants, but I went to college here and we shot a ton of birds off of public lands around Brookings.  Cover is thicker, so you can even have some success late season around this area.  If you’re a deer hunter, you’re in for a treat because I’ve always been amazed at the quantity of quality bucks we jump up while chasing the ringnecks.  Brookings is a easy drive for hunters coming from Minnesota and also out of state hunters flying into Sioux Falls.  Lodging and entertainment is also abundant in Brookings.
Found in farm and ranch country in south central South Dakota, Tripp County is known for top-notch pheasant hunting- in past years, the Winner area has ranked #1 in South Dakota for pheasants harvested. You can also stumble across a Prairie grouse or two here.  There are plenty of public and private hunting opportunities around the Winner area.  The Dakota Inn Motel or the Holiday Inn Express offer great accommodations or else book your hunt at one of the many lodges in the area.
Mitchell is an easy destination for out of state hunters flying into the Sioux Falls Regional Airport.  Located about 1 hour west of the airport on Interstate 90, it makes for a great place to setup your pheasant hunting basecamp.  There is a Cabelas in Mitchell where you can pick up any last minute hunting supplies.   Mitchell is home to the the famed Corn Palace, which is a popular stopping point for vacationers headed west to the Black Hills.  The Mitchell area provides easy access to plenty of quality hunting ground with plenty of lodging and restaurants.



Watertown is another one of those towns that flys under the radar as top pheasant hunting towns, but if you’re hunting late season this is the place to be. Located in a major prairie pothole region of the state, Watertown is surrounded by great winter and nesting cover which can produce a bountiful crop of pheasants. Stop by the Terry Redlin Museum after your hunt to view some of the greatest wildlife paintings of all time.  If you have time this is a must see!
 Chamberlain is another great pheasant hunting location where you can catch your limit of walleyes before the pheasant hunting begins at 10 a.m.!  The Chamberlain area is known for one of the top pheasant producing spots in South Dakota.  Chamberlain is conveniently located right off Interstate 90.  When driving west and you notice the picturesque views of the Missouri River as you descend into Chamberlain you have arrived!  The Arrowhead Resort at Cedar Shores is my favorite place to stay in Chamberlain.
Huron also know as “Ringneck Nation”  has nearly 125,000 acres of public hunting within a 60-mile radius of the city. Huron is conveniently located at the junction of US Highway 14 and SD Highway 37.  Like most places in South Dakota the Ringnecks out number the people so you’ll have plenty of elbow room with the hunting odds stacked in your favor.  There are a lot of options for accommodations from hotels to lodges.
 Aberdeen is known worldwide for producing ringnecks. With more than 200,000 acres of public hunting ground accessible, including 24,000 acres of Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (the most CREP acres in the state) walk-in hunting lands, this area is one of the most popular hunting destinations.  There are large numbers of hunters in this area, but with the acres of land available there is room for everyone to hunt.  Aberdeen also has plenty of lodging and restaurant options to choose from.
Bordered on two sides by reservation lands and to the south by national grasslands, there isn’t a shortage of hunting opportunities.  Long known for its outstanding pheasant hunting and picturesque landscapes, a fin and wing adventure for walleyes and pheasants during the October season is a tough trip to beat.  Inside the city limits of Pierre you’ll find a variety of hotels while there are several lodges in the area as well.
There are many other pheasant hunting towns in South Dakota that I didn’t mention.  If you have any questions about pheasants hunts in South Dakota contact us.