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. Thanks in part to local chapters of Pheasants Forever, the Aberdeen Pheasant Coalition, the Aberdeen Hotel Alliance, and the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Dept., an additional 4,000 acres of private land, made into prime pheasant habitat, has been added to the Walk-in-Area Program in the Aberdeen area.

The results of these efforts are outstanding brood rearing habitat, more birds per mile, and more successful hunts for our local and out of state hunters. It’s through these unique conservation efforts, that Aberdeen’s pheasant hunting tradition has managed to flourish, while much of the state has seen a steady decline in pheasant numbers, largely due in part to recent harsh winters, and less land being enrolled in CRP programs.

Walk-ins are welcome all across the Aberdeen and Brown County area, and the locals will be happy to point you in the right direction at any time. If you’d like to map out your hunting sites yourself, there are plenty of resources online that can offer insight into areas designated for walk-in hunting.

Important dates: Pheasant hunting season 2019

Open Season: October 19, 2019 – January 5, 2020

For more information about the efforts being made by the Aberdeen Pheasant Coalition to provide you with premiere pheasant hunting grounds, and for maps to several of their sponsored pheasant hunting sites, follow the link to

For information regarding the WIA program, or for licensing and regulation information, follow the link to

Finally, for more information on lodging availability in any of our pet-friendly hotels, some of which offer bird cleaning stations on-site, visit