The ScatterGun Retrievers
Bits & Pieces
Ideal Habitat, does not just happen. It takes time, effort and money to make
an empty patch of dirt into a garden. The same holds true when it comes to
wildlife and pheasant habitat in South Dakota. The secret to great hunting
is great habitat. It does not matter how many acres you hunt, but rather the
amount of land that is ideally suited to propagate and protect wildlife,
that makes the difference. We learned a long time ago that renting or
leasing farmland to hunt was not the answer. The conflict between commercial
agriculture and hunting is apparent to anyone that ever took to the field in
pursuit of a Ringneck Pheasant.
Mowing, chemicals and crop yields are not what’s good for wildlife. Food,
shelter and water are the basic ingredients for wonderful pheasant hunting
and ScatterGun has them all.
Owning 3000 acres of land all adjacent to our lodge is a true advantage.
Having no livestock or commercial farming makes it even better. Since 1999
we have invested a great amount of effort and money into developing the
perfect place to raise and hunt pheasants. Over a hundred thousand trees
were planted in 2000. Cedars, lilacs, crabapples and plum trees are now
providing ideal cover for our birds. We have purchased all the equipment for
planting all of our cover and food plots. While a 90 ft. wide air seeder
might be ideal to plant corn or soybeans for a commercial producer, they
don’t work when it comes to pheasant habitat.
Small fields and strips planted in diverse crops that are never
harvested, provide the perfect setting for game and sportsman alike.
Habitat development has been and will continue to be a primary focus here
at ScatterGun. Restoration of native prairie grasses will continue to
provide an ever-growing place for our birds to nest. Development of wetlands
will enhance to already incredible versatility of our on going wildlife
production. Careful crop management will continue to provide the perfect
environment for not only pheasants, but all species of wild game here on the
The creation of ideal habitat takes both time and money. In the end
however it is the single largest factor in providing to our guests the
finest pheasant hunting experience in all of
A wise man one said, “It just takes a little more to go first class.”
That is what we are all about.
For reservations call (605)875-3500
21185 ScatterGun Ridge Rd ♦ Pierre, SD 57501