Like most states these days, the bird hunting on public land is not what it once was in South Dakota.
South Dakota is still probably the best but a far cry from its heyday. We used to drive annually to Chamberlain, South Dakota, which is part of the Golden Triangle of Pheasant hunting. My Dad had went since the early 70s not missing a year up to until 2009. It would be nothing to flush 30-40 birds a day.
To drive that far of a distance to kick grass for no birds just wasn’t worth it. Whether it is SD, Kansas, Iowa or Nebreska, Wild bird numbers are way down and they are stocking birds.
However, a good trip within a reasonable driving distance is Pelee Island which we have done annually for the past 10 years is Pelee Island. Pelee Island is Canadian island close to Put in Bay in Lake Erie . It is a two day hunt
Although stocked, they have some of the strongest flying birds I have seen. Almost Comparable to Wild birds. What is nice is you take your dogs and go. No Hassle just a nice hunt where you know you’ll run into birds.
It can be a little tricky getting to the island do either flying in from Sandusky, Ohio or taking the Ferry Windsor due to weather.
I highly recommend it.
That being said, as my Dad reaches his mid 70s I would like to make a trip back to South Dakota with him. Have some unbelievable memories out there.