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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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Swamp People Visit The Ranch

Swamp People Visit The Ranch

August 14, 2014 by Dillon Springer

In case you missed it, last year Troy and Jacob Landry from the TV show Swamp People paid the Buffalo Butte Ranch a visit to promote CCI and Federal ammunition and shoot some prairie dogs.

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Kimmons Group Hunt

Kimmons Group Hunt

November 06, 2012 by Dillon Springer

Four seasons ago in 2009 I got the opportunity to open up our land and lodge to a father/son group, Jeff and Kurt, and guide them for 3 days of some incredible pheasant hunting. Once again, they were treated to a great hunt and they went home with more good memories of hunting pheasants here on the Great Plains.

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Keating Group Pheasant Hunt

Keating Group Pheasant Hunt

October 30, 2012 by Dillon Springer

Back in July 2012 I received a phone call from a guy from Nebraska looking for an upscale lodge for him and his 3 friends. He went on to tell me that he had grown up in Nebraska and that back then there were pheasants everywhere. Limiting out was never an issue.

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Lonnie Primeaux of Louisiana

Lonnie Primeaux of Louisiana

October 25, 2012 by Dillon Springer

The second group of the season brought 3 guys from Louisiana up to our lodge for a wild pheasant hunt. A few days into the 2012 season and I am feeling more and more certain that there are going to be a surplus of birds here at Buffalo Butte Ranch for the duration of the season. These boys made quick work of the birds and didn’t take any prisoners. Very few birds that got up within shotgun range escaped the fury of BB’s from their 12 gauges. We walked a variety of cover while they were here. From CRP grass to corn and food plot and into some trees, the birds were spread out throughout the first 2 days of the hunt.

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2012 South Dakota Pheasant Opener

2012 South Dakota Pheasant Opener

October 22, 2012 by Dillon Springer

Once again it is the time of year here in South Dakota when pheasant hunters from every corner of the country come in to Gregory to find ample wild pheasants. Here at Buffalo Butte Ranch we were fortunate enough to host a group from Texas for the 3rd straight year. After a few days of strong winds the weather calmed down over the weekend and opened up for a great hunt! We couldn’t have asked for better weather and the birds were out in full force as well.

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