Hunting wild birds in their native habitat can be a great challenge, and we tailor our hunts personally to meet the desires of our guests. We are all about the traditions of fine guns, great bird dogs, and a true reverence to the sport; it's not about the taking of game, but how the game is taken. We like to think that we offer "hunting the way our fathers and grandfathers hunted." There are no vans or shuttles here, nor are there big fields of hunters: it's 2-3 guns per guide, or perhaps the single hunter wanting to experience the solitude of the prairie. Hunts take place through the bulk of the season, though Steve focuses on grouse and woodcock hunts for the month of October at his Little Moran Grouse Camp facility in Minnesota.
"Steve (Grossman) does it right. He knows what it takes to run a first-class wingshooting operationfrom the food, accommodations and overall ambience to the guides and dogs. He also understands the peculiar challenges posed by an operation that relies exclusively on wild birds. The Wild Prairie Lodge has developed such a loyal following through the years that the only way a new guest gets a foot in the door is to come as a guest or to wait until older hunters retire or kick the bucket..."
Tom Davis, Author
3rd weekend in September – January 1st
$900-$1,200 per day/hunter, all inclusive.
Whitehorse, SD is west of the Missouri River in natural prairie. It is big country. Hunts are designed in accordance to our hunters. We hunt rolling prairie, coulees, draws, field edges habitat where our wild birds live.
Variable, warm – cool – cold we hunt much later into the winter months.
Arrive early evening, have dinner, share bird hunting/bird dog stories and great fellowship with guides and other hunters. A 7:30 breakfast, then wheels up by 8:30, hunting by 8:45-9 AM. Lunch in the field. We are back at the lodge by 6:30-7:00 for showers, lite appetizers, your favorite beverage, wonderful dinner and many more stories.
Typical hunts are 3 day 4 night stays. No groups or hunters will ever be mixed in the field. We do not hunt more than 4 guns per guide. All our hunts are a “traditional” bird hunt, you, your hunting buddies, and dogs.
September – January 1st
Prairie chicken, sharp-tail grouse, Hungarian partridge.
Pheasant; October 3rd weekend – January 1st
All species of game birds can be hunted during this season.
Memorable experiences that last a lifetime, private lodging and baths, washer and driers, boot driers, soft gun cases.
Always be prepared. We are hunting wild birds, where they live. Bring rubber boots, an extra gun, compass, good walking boots, extra cloths for field changing (rain or sweat), clothing to match the time of year. A quick call to the lodge can help you decide.