Bad River Bucks & Birds, LLC, located on a 100-year old family owned ranch in the rugged heart of South Dakota, is groomed for wildlife in its natural habitat. Home to an abundant number of wild pheasants and some of the largest whitetail and mule deer in the state, the ranch regularly plants both cover and food plots to attract a variety of upland game and deer as well as prairie dogs and other game.
The Hermann Barn built in 1905, has been fully refurbished from its ranching days and serves three hearty square meals a day. The Barn’s game loft is stocked for entertainment with both poker and pool tables, big screen satellite TV and a full wet bar for enjoying after your day in the field. Newly constructed in 2002, our deluxe 10-room western-style Bad River Lodge features rustic Dakotan décor and custom made knotty pine furniture. All rooms include daily maid service, a private bath and either two queens or one king and a twin bed.
Throughout the years, we have learned to control and observe the game to provide a healthy and abundant amount of birds and trophy animals. A portion of our land is designated as a hunting preserve, which allows for exclusive early and late season hunting. Trophy sized animals are as common as the panoramic sunsets.
Here our hunters will find sanctuary. Whether quietly huddling in a blind among never-ending fields of reed canary grass, tracking through a foot of fresh snow on a silent morning or celebrating a successful hunt among friends at our discriminating lodge, you can definitely count on a successful and enjoyable hunt with Bad River Bucks & Birds.
to read an article on Bad River from Sportsman’s News Magazine.
I love to hunt pheasants and there is no place in the country better than South Dakota. One of my favorite stops is in Draper, South Dakota with Brett Waibel at Bad River Bucks & Birds. Their lodge is located about 45 miles southwest of the state capitol of Pierre and encompasses some of the best terrain and habitat you will ever come across.
The Hermann Ranch itself has over 20,000 acres and Bad River has access to thousands more, with bird numbers that will just blow your mind. With over 2000 acres dedicated to preserve status, their season runs from early September through March. South Dakota’s regular season opens around the third weekend in October and runs through December and let me tell you, when the snow and colder weather starts to hit the area, the numbers of birds just keeps growing and growing. It isn’t unusual to see literally thousands of birds a day during a December hunt and pheasants aren’t the only species available. You could even have the chance to bag the South Dakota Grand Slam consisting of pheasant, prairie chickens, sharp tail grouse and Hungarian partridge during your stay. What a rush!!!
Bad River Bucks & Birds also offers some great mule deer and whitetail adventures, as well as goose hunting, turkey and prairie dogs and all the while you will be staying in accommodations fit for a king and meals to die for. You will find their prices among the best in the business and their service and guiding top notch. South Dakota is truly North America’s ultimate upland game adventureland and Bad River Bucks & Birds is the place to be!
– written by Kent Danjanovich