Guided Pheasant Hunts
A full-service, guided pheasant hunt at Wiley Cock Lodge means access to 3,200 acres of the finest pheasant habitat in South Dakota. Our experienced pheasant hunting guides put you in the middle of the action in the heart of pheasant country. Guided pheasant hunts have access to our six, highly trained and experienced hunting partners – our bird dogs can sniff out a rooster from a mile away. We encourage you to bring your own bird dogs as well! Indoor heated kennels will keep your pheasant hunting partner comfortable all throughout the season. Wiley Cock Lodge’s professionally-guided, all-inclusive hunts include:
- Our pheasant hunting lodge and all of its amenities
- 3 hearty, homemade meals everyday + snacks
- Transportation between hunting fields
- Complimentary bird cleaning
- On-site, private trapshooting range
- On-site, private bar
Early Season Pheasant Hunting
Opening weekend of South Dakota’s pheasant hunting season is always a fantastic time as Fall kicks into full gear. South Dakota’s quiet rural towns transform into seas of orange as eager pheasant hunters chomp at the bit to get in their first pheasant hunt of the year.
Early season pheasant hunting is a good time of year to get into your rhythm. Temperatures are still fairly warm, the birds are young, and they like to fly. In the early season the temperatures are mild and the pheasants are still young. Pheasants flush easily this time of year which means a lot of exciting wing-shooting action for you and your hunting group. Farmers are beginning to harvest their fields, but there is still a lot of cover. Dogs get a workout with pheasants taking advantage of abundant shelter. Make sure you hunting partner has plenty of water.
During early season pheasant hunting, the birds are plentiful but so are the hunters. We encourage you to bring extra hunting necessities to the lodge for your pheasant hunting trip. Plenty of birds and eager hunters mean hunting essentials can get scarce in South Dakota’s small rural towns.
Weather Tips – Temperatures are still fairly stable during October. Mild warm days keep you at a perfect temperature during your pheasant hunt. Plan on packing a few light jackets, gloves, hats, and hunting boots for South Dakota’s brisk fall nights. This being said, weather can change on a dime in South Dakota, and we encourage you to check the local forecast prior to packing for your trip.
Avg Oct High – 68 F
Avg Oct Low – 37 F
Mid-Season Pheasant Hunting
Mid-season pheasant hunting in South Dakota continually proves to be one of the best times to bag your limit of roosters. November brings the holidays and the immediate rush of eager pheasant hunters is tapering off.
Mid-season means farmers are in full-gear combining and harvesting their fields. Pheasants are on the run. Pheasants start moving together as crops and cover become more concentrated. Weather in November is highly unpredictable and sporadic. Temperatures vary depending on the year. Some years there are weeks in the 70’s while others are well below wind-chill. Check Winner’s forecast before your trip and pack accordingly.
During early season pheasant hunting the birds are plentiful but so are the hunters. We encourage you to bring extra hunting necessities to the lodge for your pheasant hunting trip. Plenty of birds and eager hunters mean hunting essentials can get scarce in South Dakota’s small rural towns.
Weather Tips – November weather in South Dakota is about as predictable as the upcoming week’s lottery numbers. Make sure to pack hunting gear and boots for all types of weather conditions. Rain, Snow, Sleet, Wind, you just never know what’s around the corner.
Avg Oct High – 46 F
Avg Oct Low – 25 F
Late Season Pheasant Hunting
Late season South Dakota pheasant hunting is a well-kept secret amongst seasoned upland hunters. Pheasants are giddy and the temperatures are frigid, but if you can bear the temps, the hunt’s worth the reward.
By the time December rolls around, the weather is cold. Late season South Dakota pheasant hunts add up to cold temps and a north wind blowing. To the experienced wing-shooter, the cold weather brings its advantages. Snow-covered grounds makes the red and green colors of our state bird pop. Cold winds and frigid temperatures have pheasants grouping up. Farmers have harvested all of their crops, reducing the number of hiding places and sources of food. With crops out area pheasants are forced to find new shelter and food in the strips of our hunting plots. Late season pheasant hunting brings its own thrill of the hunt. It’s primal, and one of the most riveting ways to test your skills as a sharpshooter.
Weather Tips –December’s cold, and South Dakota isn’t necessarily known for its tropical climate. If you’re planning a late season pheasant hunt, make sure your pack appropriately. Bring your heavy coats, bibs, and a couple pairs of boots and gloves if you have them. Having a second set of boots and gloves along means you can have a dry pair handy each day.
Avg Oct High – 34 F
Avg Oct Low – 14 F