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The Cost & Benefits of a South Dakota Pheasant Hunt

Current rates for pheasant hunts across South Dakota range from $200 a day up to $1500 a day. For $200 a day, you probably won't be experiencing a high-quality hunt, and you probably will be on your own for meals and lodging. If you're gonna pay $800 plus per day, you are most likely looking for a million dollar lodge and you'll be hunting a preserve (chickens). We only charge $400 per day, meals and lodging included. We prefer to stay in this range so that we can offer a true SD pheasant hunting experience that would satisfy any group, while being affordable enough for any wingshooter or corporate group to at least try us. After they hunt pheasants with us once, they'll be back again.

So where do these rates come from? The truth is that in order for us to provide the best pheasant hunting experience, we have to put a lot of time, effort, and money into our operation. Very few, if any, ranches can offer outstanding pheasant hunting without decreasing their ag-related incomes. To have our bird numbers we have to leave a lot of nesting habitat and crops in the field, year after year. Here's where the real costs of a pheasant hunt come from...

  • Lodging - Double K has 4 pheasant hunting lodges. That equals thousands of dollars a year for just utilities and much more for everything else.
  • Meals - Meals and lodging are included when you hunt with us. If you had to pay for this separate, you would be looking at a hundo per day right there.
  • Habitat - To keep birds numbers like ours, we can't just rely on CRP and big corn fields. CRP is great, but by the 1st of November, most of the prairie grass is dormant and laid over. That's why we plant quite a bit of switchgrass and leave large areas of fireweeds. The resulting cover is second to none, but it takes away from the farm income. Just one 30 acre patch of switchgrass instead of corn equals a loss of about $7000, assuming $3.50 corn and a 70 bushel yield.

As you can see, it is impossible for any quality South Dakota guide service to stay in business if they give away their pheasant hunts. In the end, you are paying for an experience that you will never forget. Over 100,000 out-of-staters come to hunt birds in SD every year. It's because a South Dakota pheasant hunt is one of those trips that keeps them coming back and keeps them recommending it to others.

The benefits of this hunt exceed the costs any day. You can't re-create the experience, and hunting at a game farm or preserve doesn't come close to being comparable. It is the perfect group hunt. And, if you are using this trip as a business "boon-doggle", it will pay for itself many times over. We've had hunters who only came a few times, but none of our hunters have walked away feeling like they wasted their time and money.

Please consider Double K for your next trip or contact us today to get the ball rolling on one of the best vacations you will ever take.


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Double K Guide Service is a trusted outfitter specializing in guided hunting trips for wild pheasant, Merriam's turkey, whitetail deer, mule deer, pronghorn antelope and prairie dog in South Dakota. We also offer Nebraska turkey and deer hunting. With over 30 years of experience, we have the facilities, land, and knowledge to insure you have the hunt of a lifetime.

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