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New 2017 Lodge Long Shot Record

New 2017 Lodge Long Shot Record

September 23, 2017 by Dillon Springer

We have a new lodge record at Buffalo Butte Ranch! Missy Gilliland has broke our previous record of 1,249 yards by knocking a prairie dog down at 1,644 yards! Her husband, Jim, was her spotter and also recorded the shot.

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2015 Pheasant Brood Survey Indicates Pheasant Numbers are up 42 Percent

2015 Pheasant Brood Survey Indicates Pheasant Numbers are up 42 Percent

August 27, 2015 by Dillon Springer

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.

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2015 Prairie Dog Season Update

2015 Prairie Dog Season Update

August 04, 2015 by Dillon Springer

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.

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Spring Food Plot Planting

Spring Food Plot Planting

June 26, 2015 by Dillon Springer

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.

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2015 Spring Planting

2015 Spring Planting

May 13, 2015 by Dillon Springer

Each fall the hunters arrive to hunt our plentiful pheasant population while pushing strips of milo and corn. One would think that the preparation for these hunting groups would consist of stocking the pantry, mowing the lawns, cleaning the lodge, etc. But the actual real prepping for the hunting groups takes place in the spring. After the winter has come and gone, leaving only brown, dead, and barren fields in its wake, we must break out all the equipment from the machinery sheds and put them to work in the fields. It’s planting season!

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