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A blog from Buffalo Butte Ranch... a pheasant hunting and prairie dog hunting lodge in Gregory County South Dakota.

2015 Pheasant Brood Survey Indicates Pheasant Numbers are up 42 Percent

August 27, 2015 by

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has completed the annual pheasant brood survey and the results show a 42 percent increase in the statewide pheasants-per-mile (PPM) index from 2014. More...

2015 Pheasant Brood Survey Indicates Pheasant Numbers are up 42 Percent

2015 Prairie Dog Season Update

August 04, 2015 by

Now that we are into the month of August I can now say that our prairie dog season has come to an end for the 2015 season. Normally I could say that at the end of June but this year the prairie dog population was strong enough to allow shooting well into July and even some in August. Our regular shooting dates start in the middle of May and go to the end of June. This is when the pups are typically up and out in full force and provide good shooting. More...

2015 Prairie Dog Season Update

Buffalo Butte Ranch Spring Chick Report

July 14, 2015 by

Hello again from Buffalo Butte Ranch. What a difference a few months can make! We had a relatively dry fall last year followed by a very mild winter once again. With only 10 inches +/- of snow the entire winter, not much moisture was put back into the soil. I’m sure some of you in the East are saying “How could that be?” South Dakota is the land of ice & snow, frozen tundra. Well, we had another very mild winter; temps reached the 70’s in January. More...

Buffalo Butte Ranch Spring Chick Report

Spring Food Plot Planting

June 26, 2015 by

While pheasant hunting or talking about pheasant hunting with anybody the term “food plot” tends to come up often. You can’t talk about surfing without referencing the ocean or mountain climbing without the mountain. Pheasant hunting and “food plots” are no different here in South Dakota. More...

Spring Food Plot Planting

Happy Spring

May 19, 2015 by

Once again winter was fairly mild in this part of South Dakota. We had a few snow events of 5” + - but nothing news worthy. Of course we had cold temps and wind but if you have spent much time in SD you should expect that. All the pheasants and prairie dogs came through in great shape. More...

Happy Spring