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.
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, maize, and 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.