The ScatterGun Retrievers
Bits & Pieces
ScatterGun owners Chuck and Sheila Ross have made their year-round home here
at the ranch since 2000. They not only designed and built this incredible
lodge but more important play a pivotal role in the day-to-day operation of
Chuck began his outdoor career in the early 70's when he became the Outdoor
Editor of WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For Ten years he hosted and
produced a weekly outdoor show called "The Outdoors and You". His first
visit to South Dakota was in 1973 and it was one he would never forget.
After leaving the television industry, Chuck founded the adventure travel
company Fishing Travel Inc. He operated that company until 1990 when he sold
it to Carlson Companies in Minneapolis.
He then went on to become General Manager of Gage Outdoor Expeditions. In
1996 he left Gage and went back to running his own outdoor travel company
known today as Chuck Ross Outdoor Travel.
In 1988 Chuck started Thunderstik Lodge in Chamberlain, South Dakota where
he continued as an owner until 1999 when he sold his interest and started
construction of ScatterGun Lodge.
Chuck and his wife Sheila were married in 1998. Since that time they have
hunted and fished together from Argentina to the Northwest Territories of
Canada. Sheila is as comfortable with a shotgun or fishing pole as she is
with running the office. She is responsible for all inside operations of ScatterGun. Along with the
bookkeeping she also handles all of the staff and the gift shop as well as
sharing her South Dakota background with ScatterGun Guests.
The hunting operation, the kennel, sporting clays and shooting school are
just some of the things that keep Chuck busy. Program development and
marketing are also part of his responsibility.
These people share a commitment to provide each and every ScatterGun guest
the finest possible experience. For them this is not a job but truly a dream
come true. Sheila said it best, "It's so fun to have people come back that
have truly become our friends. When their hunt is over I hate to see them go
but always look forward to their return next year."
Meet Our Celebrity Guests
For reservations call (605)875-3500
21185 ScatterGun Ridge Rd ♦ Pierre, SD 57501