Aberdeen Hunting – Feel The Rush Of The Flush
It’s time to bag some birds!
Join us in Aberdeen this fall as we celebrate 100 years of South Dakota pheasant hunting. All the amenities you need for a successful hunt, and a memorable stay, are available for you and your pheasant hunting friends and family!Watch Video
With over 322,000 acres of public and private land to hunt upon, Aberdeen and the Brown County area are the premiere destination for pheasant hunting in South Dakota.Read More
Terry Larson, owner of the Hitch'n'Post in Aberdeen SD, discusses the history of the Aberdeen Pheasant Coalition.Watch Video
5 Tips to Get Your Dog Ready for Pheasant Season
Don’t just assume that your pup is as ready and able as you are to get out in the fields, be sure of it. Follow these tips for getting your dog ready, and he’ll be flushing the fields like the champion he is!Read More
Aberdeen Hotels Welcome Pets
Amy Engelhart talks about the pet friendly accommodations in Aberdeen available to pheasant hunters and their pets.Watch Video
Aberdeen Pheasant Coalition
Casey Weismantel, Executive Director of the Aberdeen Convention & Visitors Bureau, discusses the formation and mission of the Aberdeen Pheasant Coalition.Watch Video
The Tradition Continues
Watch Cameron Wyly a CRP advocate talk about the traditions and experiences that can be made while hunting the fields of Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Aberdeen Leading The Way In Boosting Pheasant Habitat
Watch Emmett Lenihan, a Farm Bill Biologist with Pheasants Forever discuss CRP Land and Pheasant Nesting cover in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Aberdeen Pheasant Hunting
In the Northeast plains of South Dakota, there lies a vast area of land, over 322,000 acres, that is home to the world’s most prestigious hunting grounds for ring-necked pheasants. Hunters from all over the globe convene upon these grasslands every year, from October to January, to take their shot at bagging their limit of Roosters. This area is Brown County, and at the heart of it, is the city of Aberdeen.
Why Hunt in Brown County?
- This region offers public hunting, fully-guided or self-guided hunts on private land, and preserve hunting
- Pet friendly hotels – some with bird cleaning facilities available
- Consistently ranks in the top half of SD counties for birds per hunter
- Offers one of the state’s best assortments of hunting lodges
- Residents provide a welcoming atmosphere for hunters from all around the country
3 rooster pheasants
15 rooster pheasants, taken according to the daily limit. The limit accrues at the rate of 3 birds a day, and 15 birds may not be possessed until after the fifth day of hunting.
All of South Dakota except the following: Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Brown County is open Dec. 10, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019. Renziehausen Game Production Area and Game Bird Refuge in Brown and Marshall Counties, Gerken Game Bird Refuge in Faulk County and White Lake Game Bird Refuge in Marshall County are open Dec. 1, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019.
Noon Central Time for the first 7 days of the season; 10 a.m. Central Time, to sunset the rest of the season. Central Time is used for opening shooting hours statewide.
Small Game License, any Combination License, Youth Small Game License or 1-Day Small Game License
Nonresident Small Game License or Nonresident Youth Small Game License (each valid for two 5-day hunting periods; start dates must be identified before license issued). Multiple licenses may be purchased to hunt more than the two 5-day periods allowed by one license.
My first time hunting in SD was last year. Wow! For an old country boy from TN who has hunted since I was just a kid, this was one of the most memorable trips of my life. I can’t wait until this coming year.-Bill from Tennessee
I live in Minnesota and have been hunting pheasants for years in South Dakota. I look forward to introducing my son to hunting and there is no better place in the world to do this than in South Dakota.-Austin from Minnesota
Love the hunt; working the dogs is great fun for both me and the dogs. Look forward to my few days in South Dakota hunting the allusive pheasants. It’s time to bond with old classmates from the past.-Troy from Texas
General Hunting Access
South Dakota has a rich hunting heritage - one that includes lots of game and lots of places to hunt. For the past 15 years, the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks has been working hard to maintain that rich heritage by providing hunting access on privately owned lands. The department does this by contracting with landowners who have CRP or other valuable wildlife habitat. The landowner opens the land to unlimited, free public hunting, which is open to foot-traffic-only hunting, in exchange for a small payment and immunity from non-negligent liability. It has been a great program and currently has more than 900,000 acres enrolled.
Game Production Area Public Hunting
Game Production Areas are generally managed for the production and maintenance of all wildlife species. Although species emphasis varies from site to site, all wildlife benefits. South Dakota has approximately 719 Game Production Areas, totaling more than 293,000 acres. Signs are yellow and black.
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
Open year round to public hunting and fishing access. CREP lands are owned by private individuals who have enrolled them in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and signed a lease agreement with South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks to provide public hunting and fishing access.
Sportsmen have a variety of private hunting options for both released and wild birds in the Aberdeen region. South Dakota private preserves typically have a longer season and varying limits and fees. Private hunting lodges also typically offer full-service, all-inclusive hunts for outdoor enthusiasts who want a five-star experience.