Tumbleweed Lodge, SD

Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge in Harrold, South Dakota.

Tumbleweed Lodge, SD

Overview

For more than 25 years Tumbleweed Lodge has provided world class wingshooting experiences in central South Dakota on the Bollweg's farm. Whether you're targeting one species or "The Grand Slam of the Dakota's," autumn in the Northern Plains means one thing...South Dakota upland bird hunting at Tumbleweed Lodge. The Chinese ring necked pheasant may be king, but the untamed prairies of South Dakota are also home to Hungarian partridge, Sharp-tail grouse, and the elusive Greater prairie chicken.

Complimenting “The Grand Slam of the Dakota's” is a wide array of waterfowl species that pass through the hunting grounds in December as they travel south through the Missouri river flyway. Your stay will only be heightened by first class lodging amenities in their 18,000 sq. ft. lodge which can accommodate up to 24 guests.

Date Range

Hunts begin the third weekend in September on more than 12,000 acres and continue through the first weekend in January with extended hunting through March on 3,000 acres. Wild, early-release, and preserve pheasant hunting, Hungarian partridge, sharptail grouse and the greater prairie chicken are complimented by waterfowl hunting.

What is Provided to Customer

Amenities Included: Luxurious lodging accommodations in well appointed rooms, Midwest style cuisine, complimentary top shelf bar, round trip shuttle service from the Pierre Regional Airport (PIR), ammunition for 12, 16, and 20 gauges, sporting clays, vacuum-packed game processing and cooler, professional guide staff with experienced dogs, kennel facility for guests bringing their own dogs.

Region/Terrain Where You Hunt

Located 30 miles east of the Missouri River near Harrold, SD (elevation 1785'), the upland habitat hunting at Tumbleweed Lodge consists of light rolling terrain including a perfect blend of corn, sorghum, anamaize sunflower, shelter belts, western wheat grass, witchgrass, and waterways. For the hunter aiming for the "Grand Slam of the Dakotas"; alfalfa fields, rolling draws flowing with native grass, plum and buckbrush thickets provide the ideal habitat to sustain an ample population of prairie chicken, sharp-tail grouse, and Hungarian partridge. Due to the native habitat blended with the right mix of food plots and moisture; South Dakota is by far the leader in harvesting the Chinese ring-necked pheasant.

Typical Weather by Season

Mid-September through Mid-October: High temperatures can range between the upper 50's and mid-80's. Overnight lows can range between lower 30's and upper 50's. The average first frost date is September 25th. Little to no snow is anticipated and rainfall is average.

Mid-October through Mid-November: High temperatures can range between the mid- 50's and upper-60's. Overnight lows can range between lower 20's and upper 40's. Snow is possible; however accumulating amounts are not likely.

Mid-November through December: High temperatures can range between the upper 40's and mid-60's. Overnight lows can range between lower teens and upper 30's. Snowfall is likely however accumulating amounts are limited based on soil temperatures. Late season upland bird hunting is a great experience and the weather only heightens the experience.

Itinerary

Sample of Typical Itinerary

A 3 day/4 night package consists of 5 days total with 3 full days of hunting and a travel day on each end. Check in is anytime after 2:00 pm on your arrival day. Guests flying into the Pierre Regional Airport (PIR) are provided complimentary shuttle transportation to/from the lodge.

Day 1
After being greeted by the Bollweg's you can settle in your room and enjoy a cocktail. Licenses are issued as well as gun rentals for guests requiring them prior to dinner which is served at 7:00 pm.

Days 2 - 4
Breakfast begins at 8:00 am. At 8:45 am the first morning only a safety video/briefing is provided in the lodge. At this time you will meet with your guides and shown what vehicle/location you will be at for the day. At appx. 12:15 pm you will return to the lodge for lunch and a little R & R prior to the afternoon hunt which begins at 2:30 pm. The afternoon hunt is geared for sporting clays, extra pheasant hunting or the prairie grouse species hunting which is a 20 minute drive. Your guide will return you to the lodge by 6:30 pm or at dusk; whichever arrives sooner. Dinner is served at 7:00 pm.

Day 5
Depending on your departure time; either a full or continental breakfast is served. If you are flying out of PIR, a shuttle will be waiting for you. Coolers with your processed birds will be shipped to you with 3 business days per arrangements made between you and the lodge.

Waterfowl Hunts: In December waterfowl hunts take place in the early morning. Guests depart the lodge with their guides by 7 am and return by noon. Upland bird hunting begins at 2:30 pm until dark.

Activities

On-site Activities

Tumbleweed Lodge provides guests an opportunity to sharpen their shooting skills with a complimentary 9 station sporting clays course. A National Certified Shooting Instructor and State Certified Shooting Instructors are available upon request. Dove hunting and fishing in a number of ponds on the property are offered based on availability. A poker room, cigar parlor, and steam room round off the amenities associated with evening activities

Off-site Activities

The South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center and State Capitol located in Pierre provide a great place to learn about the history of the state. The Missouri river, segmented by 5 dams across the state, not only generates hydro-electricity but is also a world class fishery of walleye, smallmouth bass, and northern pike.

Lodging

Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

You will feel right at home in Tumbleweed Lodge's 18,000 sq. ft. lodge which includes 12 spacious bedrooms; each with two queen size beds, private bath and desk area. Common areas include a number of lounge areas with big screens to catch the game, poker room and cigar parlor, steam room and jacuzzi spa. You will immediately recognize why they were named one of the Top 10 Greatest Hunting Lodges in the World on the Outdoor Channels' "Outdoors" 10 Best.

Species

Species You Hunt by Season

Mid-September through mid-November: Pheasants, sharptail grouse, prairie chicken, and Hungarian partridge are hunted over flushing and some pointing breeds of dogs.

Mid-November through December: All species are attainable however pheasant and waterfowl species are the primary target during this timeframe.

Gear

What Should Customers Bring?

The following is a short list of items to bring: Seasonal hunting jacket, waterproof pants and comfortable walking boots, shooting gloves, protective eyewear, earplugs, shotgun (unless using a lodge gun), camera, lounge clothing, and laptop. Tumbleweed Lodge has a great selection of gear in their outfitter shop.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What are the closest airports?
A. Pierre Regional Airport (PIR) including the local FBO for private aircraft; Mustang Aviation, Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP), Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD), and Aberdeen Regional Airport (ABR). Tumbleweed Lodge only provides complimentary shuttle to/from PIR.

Q. Is it customary to leave a gratuity?
A. Gratuities are not expected but appreciated. It is common that guests leave a gratuity for the staff and many ask what is the amount of a normal gratuity. Gratuities range between 10 & 15% of the package price and may be paid upon settling up incidentals at the end of your stay. Typically 2/3 to 3/4 of the gratuity is then paid to the guides with the balance shared among the lodge staff. This has been a common practice and ensures that no staff member is inadvertently left out. Again, we strive to provide you the best service possible regardless of gratuity.

Reviews

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8 of 8 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Great Experience - 10/2/2014
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    This is an overall outstanding hunting experience. Food is fantastic, and, what may be lacking in terms of sophistication is more than eclipsed by quality of taste. This cuisine is what your favorite grandmother made only better. Staff are outstanding. The guides are veterans who really know their stuff. The lodge staff could not be more friendly. Management are absolutely committed to delivering to each guest a superlative hunting experience. The lodge is spotless clean. The common areas are beyond comfortable. The rooms, again, are spotless clean but perhaps not up to the same standard of the common areas. That said, the rooms are indeed comfortable and the beds sleep great -- you don't visit Tumbleweed to stay in your room, after all. Overall, this is a superlative experience and I would recommend to any hunter who wants to experience the best, most authentic upland bird shooting experience.

  • 5/5

    AWESOME - 11/15/2013
    By: from Huntsville, AL, USA

    AWESOME is all I can say. The hunting, the guide Barry, the dogs, the staff, chef Joe, the accommodations and Mike the proprietor were all first class. It was a trip of a lifetime.

  • 5/5

    Tumbleweed - 7/8/2013
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    I have been going to Tumbleweed Lodge for 5 years running now. Would not even think of going anywhere else. The people are great and the birds are plenty. I look forward to this each year after my harvest is done.

  • 5/5

    Mecca for birdhunters - 6/27/2013
    By: from Upstate New York

    The Tumbleweed Lodge is Mecca for the upland birdhunter. In my travels as an outdoor writer I've had a chance to hunt many great bird hunting operations across the country but none that I have visited can hold a candle to the Tumbleweed. It is the cream of the crop! Their dog work is off the charts, with labs that quarter a field better than most spaniels. Their bird cover is scrupulously planted to add cover and food for the birds and laid out perfectly for large or small groups of hunters. One of things I like best about the Tumbleweed is if you arrive in a small group they will set up your hunt for that size group. Unlike most operations in the Dakotas that throw you in with all the other hunters at the lodge to make these massive groups to push fields where in many cases so many shots are fired at flushing birds nobody is sure who shot the bird. This will not happen at the Tumbleweed. The accommodations at the Tumbleweed are five star and equal their bird hunting. Last but not least the number of pheasants here will astound you!

  • 5/5

    Great Experience - 6/27/2013
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    I have been hunting at Tumbleweed Lodge for over 10 years. From arrival to departure, the experience is unforgettable. Every aspect from the accommodations, the dining experience to the unforgettable hunting is first class.

  • 5/5

    Rooster!!! - 6/26/2013
    By: from Houston, TX, USA

    At Tumbleweed you never tire of hearing the endless call of Rooster, Rooster, Rooster even after hearing it hundreds of times during your stay at this fabulous hunting lodge. The Bollweg family is very gracious sharing their own beautifully appointed home with the Hunters. The food is fantastic and its a good thing Pheasant hunting requires all that walking. I have been hosting customers here for five years now and they are all clamoring to return the next year. I have already booked my trip for 2013 and I am counting the days.

  • 5/5

    SOLID GOLD ! - 6/25/2013
    By: from Brookeland, Texas

    My hunting group first appeared on the Bollwegs' doorstep in 2005. We'd been trekking up to N. Dakota to take Pheasants for several years, but were searching for something better. Boy did we find it ! From the outset we recognized that we were in the company of true professional sportsmen. Don made us feel like we were old friends and even gave us a 3-hour tour of the countryside before we left. The accommodations exceed those of a Hilton and Chef Joe provides three gourmet quality meals every day. I'm saving the best for last... the hunting. There's no rush to get in the field before daylight. The birds are waiting on you and if you don't limit out before 10AM, it's because you need to spend more time on the range. Now they've even got an instructor on site to help with your shooting skills. Whether you're chasing up pheasants, sharpies, Hungarians, or prairie chickens, the professional guides will put you on the birds. I've never heard one word of complaint from the guide staff; they are always ready to get in another drive or shoot a round of clays before going in for lunch or dinner. We've been fortunate to have the services of Bill Sheid for the past 6 years and one could not ask for a better sport; although, by the camaraderie witnessed during the morning hunt preparations, I'd say that the entire guide staff is top notch. We haven't ever tried the deep winter hunts in the snow, but I'm told that they are well worth the discomfort of the cold and look forward to trying that adventure sometime in the future. At the end of the hunt each year, I say a prayer that the Good Lord will allow me to come back just one more time to hunt with my friends.

  • 5/5

    Best Pheasant Hunting - 6/25/2013
    By: from Round Rock, TX, USA

    I have been hunting pheasant at the tumbleweed lodge for over 10 years now with my father, brother, and other friends and family. I will recommend the Tumbleweed to anyone looking for the hunt of a lifetime and the true South Dakota upland bird hunting experience. Michael and his father Donny run a top notch organization good enough for governors, political celebrities and the common fellow from Texas! If you are looking for birds to shoot, a feast with every meal that would pass any 5-star test, along with a comfy bed, look no further, this is your place. What I appreciate most about the Tumbleweed is the family atmosphere that is present here. I have no use for a lodge with high headed guides and this is not that kind of lodge. You will always feel welcome, and you will make friends with the staff and Michael’s family as well. There just is no better hunting lodge in the United States!

Tumbleweed Lodge
Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge
Michael J. Bollweg
20210 322nd Avenue
Harrold, SD 57536
605-875-3440
605-870-1725

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