Pheasant Bonanza is conveniently located 50 miles north of Omaha and 50 miles south of Sioux City. The location is adequate for quick and easy, in and out travel. Commercial airports are only 50 minutes away while private airports reside only 15 minutes away.
Experience breath-taking views from the balcony of our lodge a-top the Loess Hills in far Eastern Nebraska, just 10 miles from the Iowa line and the mighty Missouri River in which our waterfowl blind is located. We offer many different terrains to suit your abilities; from scenic hill country with CRP grasses, wooded draws, creek beds, sunflower and sorghum to the pancake-flat Missouri river bottoms, flooded with milo, corn and soybeans.
If you don't mind warm weather, come in September and you should have the whole place to yourselves and first dibs on the 3,000 acres we have to offer. Weather in September can range from mid-40's in the morning to 80's in the afternoon. October and November offer beautiful weather with lows in the 30's and highs in the 60's. December cools down a bit and we might have measureable snowfall, but that just makes for a truly majestic hunt! If the cold doesn't bother you, we offer outstanding rates in January and February. You can also have the place almost entirely to yourselves! Lastly, like most mid-western states, March and April are usually stunning, but also unpredictable!
All over-night packages are all-inclusive with the exception of ammunition/gratuity. Over-night stays can be tailored to your needs. Our packages include: luxurious lodging with housekeeping service, airport pick-up/drop-off, unlimited clay shooting, gourmet meals, adult beverages, pre-packaged/frozen birds with travel cooler and of course, the hunt.
Our upland season begins September 1 and ends April 15. We offer 10% non-peak season discount rates on top of all other discounts for the months of September, January, February and April. When booking, be sure to mention this is your first time visit and receive an additional 10% discount. Wild and preserve pheasants, chukar and quail are all hunted during these months as well as waterfowl during Nebraska's legal time frame. Free range whitetail and wild spring turkey hunts are also available during the state's legal season dates.
Day 1: After arriving or being shuttled to our lodge mid-afternoon, meet our friendly staff and get settled into your room. After you kick your feet up for a few minutes, grab a golf cart and hone-in your shooting skills on our 20-station sporting clay course, trap, skeet or 5-stand. After you wear out your shoulder, return to our Rooster's Restaurant in the basement of our lodge to enjoy a cocktail, beer or a glass of our very own wine. After a few drinks, our chef will present the evening hors d'oeuvres followed by dinner and of course, dessert.
Day 2: Wake up to the smell of breakfast at 7 o'clock and be ready to eat at 8 o’clock. Your guide will then pick you up at the front entrance of the lodge at 9 o'clock. After a short drive and knocking down some upland game for 2-3 hours, return to the lodge and rest your legs before grabbing lunch at the noon hour. After lunch, return to the field with your guide around 1 o'clock. When the afternoon hunt comes to an end, hit-up the sporting clay course once again or do what most of our guests do – shower and get to drinking! Enjoy another fine evening of gourmet meals before relaxing by the campfire and retiring to your room for the night.
Day 3: Wake up before the crack of dawn to be shuttled to our 15-person, heated pit blind just yards off the Missouri River. Enjoy a much-needed hot breakfast after shooting the morning's first flight of teal, mallards, canadians or snows! Return to the lodge at the noon hour to have lunch before heading to the upland fields early afternoon. Share stories and reminisce your day while having a drink with staff and guides as you enjoy scenic views from the balcony of our lodge before your last night of fine dining.
Day 4: Roll out of bed dreading the fact that you have to leave. Enjoy one last breakfast before heading to the office to say goodbyes and receive your vacuum-sealed and frozen game you and your group harvested. While being shuttled to the airport, discuss when you'd like to book your hunt for next season!
Benjamin Schoonover Lodge and our staff blend elegant lodging and upscale dining with a laidback atmosphere and relationships that extend long after your stay.
The lodge was fully completed January 1, 2016. It is fully furnished with 15 total rooms; 12 featuring two, double queen beds and three featuring single king beds. Each room offers it’s own bathroom with shower, HDTV with DirecTV, Wi-Fi, white noise machine, house-keeping service and breath-taking views of the Loess Hills. Enjoy the free-standing fireplace which extends through all three levels of the lodge or enjoy the scenery on one of the patios. Kick back, watch the game and relax in any of the three sitting areas. Or spend your evening having a cocktail, beer, or a glass of our very own Rooster’s wine in the basement at Rooster's, Pheasant Bonanza's restaurant with full bar.
Let's face it, when you choose a destination, the second most important aspect, behind the hunting of course, is the dining. Choose from our menu and let us know what you'd like to eat for each meal prior to your arrival, or do what most of our guests do and let our chef surprise you! Either way, we promise you won't be disappointed – just don't overindulge in the appetizers before dinner – after all, you did work up a big appetite by hiking up and down the pheasant fields all day! Most of our four-course dinners are served to table. Whether you enjoy hearty, down-home cooking, wild game, fine steak dinners or all of the above, we're confident the food will be what you leave talking about the most.
In addition to our 15-room lodge, Pheasant Bonanza has additional lodging just a quarter mile down the road named Deuce Ranch. This facility is top notch; it includes four bedrooms featuring 8 queen beds, two full bathes, kitchen, living room, and dining area.
Our facilities are also perfect for accommodating corporate outings. Our lodge boasts an impressive 12-person conference room. On site is also our "Ringnecks" building capable of seating up to 100 people for larger corporate outings/meetings. Our destination is ideal for hosting corporate team-building get-a-ways and client appreciation events; even for non-hunters! We have so much you can do, year-round. By getting off the map a bit from the typical city setting and distraction; you’re undoubtedly able to attain the attention of your customers'/employees' and get down to business. Mixing hunting, shooting, golf, gourmet dinners and drinks et-cetra helps a little too!
Weather is often unpredictable, especially the winter months. Be sure to watch the weather before your arrival and be prepared for anything. Most importantly, we recommend a broke-in, comfortable pair of boots – water resistant is a plus. A neck gaiter is often nice on windy winter days. You will warm-up as you walk so dress in layers. It's most important to keep your feet, hands and face warm. Gloves are a must, but be sure you're able to pull the trigger well. You're more than welcome to bring your own gun, however we provide guns and ammo if you do not want to travel with your own. We require blaze orange for upland hunts. A bird bag is nice to have, but not required as our guides will carry birds throughout the fields. Waders are not needed for waterfowl hunting. Our blind is heated, but still be sure to dress appropriately. Most of this gear can be purchased in our pro shop. Bring comfortable, casual attire for lodge wear. A pair of lodge shoes or slippers is very handy well. September, October, March and April are often cool in the mornings, but very warm in the afternoons o pack appropriately.
Can I bring my own dog?
Absolutely, we love having your dog(s) come along. They may hunt with us at your own risk. We do not allow dogs in our lodge, but we do offer boarding services in our kennel.
Can I bring a non-hunting guest or my wife?
Of course, we have several activities they'd enjoy; some include a winery and a fudge factory. We love exposing new people to the experience.
Can we customize our outing if none of the package options appeal to us?
Yes, we can tailor any package to your wants/needs.
Do you offer corporate outings?
We have many businesses, large and small, from across the country that make their visit to Pheasant Bonanza an annual outing to entertain clients and employees. Take advantage of our conference rooms and 100-person meeting space!
Can I hunt without a guide?
We reserve unguided hunts for our members only. We offer several levels of membership – from personal to corporate. Some memberships offer enough discount that it would make sense to buy one to make your outing cheaper; in which case, you'd be able to hunt unguided.
Do you release birds and how often?
We have a fair amount of wild birds, but yes, we release birds similar to South Dakota's clubs. We want you to have the best experience possible. And for that reason, we have birds that mirror what you would encounter in the wild.
Do you offer shooting lessons?
Trent, our club's General Manager, is a certified NSCA shooting instructor. He is an avid shooter himself and performs exhibition trick shooting shows as well.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
We require a 15% deposit no less than two weeks before your scheduled arrival. No matter when deposits are received, they are non-refundable, but they can be forwarded to another outing at a later time. You must have a deposit to lock-in your date; otherwise your date may be booked by another party. You may add guests at any time if there is space. We must be notified in reductions in number of guests no less than 48 hours' notice or you will be charged for the original amount of people.
What is required for out-of-state licensing?
All you need for upland game, whether resident or non-resident, is a NE Habitat Stamp and CSA Permit which may both be purchased in our Pro Shop. It is very affordable. We sell all licensing in our Pro Shop for all species of game. The only the item we're not capable of carrying is a Federal Duck Stamp which may be purchased at most sporting goods stores, post offices and sometimes stores such as Wal-Mart.