The Bad River Hunts Experience

Bad River Bucks & Birds LodgeBad River Bucks & Birds, LLC, located on a 100-year old family owned ranch in the rugged heart of South Dakota, is groomed for wildlife in its natural habitat.

Home to the best South Dakota pheasant hunting and some of the largest deer in the state, the ranch regularly plants both cover and food plots to attract a variety of upland game and deer as well as prairie dogs and other game. A portion of the land is designated as a hunting preserve, which allows for exclusive early and late season hunting.

Bad River Bucks & Birds Virtual TourTrophy sized whitetail and mule deer, as well as pronghorn antelope, are as common as the panoramic sunsets.

Here the hunter will find sanctuary. Whether quietly huddling in a blind among never-ending fields of reed canary grass, tracking through a foot of fresh snow on a silent morning or celebrating a successful hunt among friends at our amazing lodge…view our virtual tour!

If you’re looking for the best South Dakota white tail and mule deer hunting, look no further.

CLICK HERE to book your hunt!

CWFDlogo_lightbkgdBad River Bucks & Birds, LLC participates in the Cabela’s Outdoor Adventures World’s Foremost Destination Program.

Bad River Bucks & Birds has been featured on these television shows:

  • North American Hunter
  • Kent Hrbek Outdoors

And in these publications:

  • Varmint Hunter
  • Predator Extreme
  • Mossy Oak
  • Outdoor Life

Blast & Cast Retreat


Bad River Bucks & Birds is excited to announce a unique hunting retreat opportunity. This is a $2,495 all inclusive hunt that includes 3 days and 4 nights.

Read below to see the agenda and package details.

Wednesday, September 3
Hunters Arrive

Thursday, September 4 
Prairie Dog Hunt

  • 7:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:45 a.m. Depart for the field
  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Shoot prairie dogs
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch in the field
  • 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Shoot more prairie dogs
  • 5:00 p.m. Head back for appetizers and drinks

Friday, September 5 
Lake Oahe Fishing 

  • 7:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:45 a.m. Depart for fishing
  • ALL DAY: Fish and do lunch in the boat
  • 5:00 p.m. Meet Brett back at the ramp. Guides will clean fish and then bring hunters back to the lodge for appetizers and drinks

Saturday, September 6
Pheasant & Dove Hunting
The pheasant hunt allows four roosters per person and allows for 15 doves per person.

  • 6:00 a.m. Dove hunters rise and hunt
  • 8:15 a.m Dove hunters return
  • 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. Depart for the pheasant field, shoot pheasants until noon.
  • 12:00 Lunch at the lodge
  • 2:00 Return to pheasant field for more hunting to fill our limits
  • 5:00 Lodge appetizers
  • 7:00 Dinner
Retreat includes:
  • Airport pickup from Pierre SD and transportation while on the ranch.
  • All meals, lodging, daily maid service, bird and fish cleaning, 360 degree shooting benches and bags for prairie dogs
  • Experienced guides with every day activities
  • Does not include guns, ammo, license or gratuities

If you want to reserve your spot for the Blast & Cast Retreat or have any questions, please email me or call the lodge at (605) 669-3440.


Brett Waibel
Hunting Guide, Bad River Bucks & Birds, LLC

Time to Reserve 2014 Hunts

We are already booking your hunts for the 2014 hunting season, so please make sure you contact us to confirm your dates immediately. Or conveniently Book Your Hunt online now!

Most of our prices are going to remain the same, except we are reintroducing Hungarian Partridge to the Upland Preserve Hunts in 2014 which will require us to slightly increase those hunting rates. This 3 day hunt, 4 night stay, all inclusive is now $2,095 per hunter and we will allow two partridge per day per hunter!

Another new feature in 2014 is our Gold Package. This 3 day, 4 night, all inclusive hunt will allow each hunter to shoot 8 pheasants per day from both our preserve and a large amount of wild birds for $2,695 per hunter.

We are very excited for this upcoming year and hope all of you check out our website and Facebook page to read all of our latest news, check out our updated gallery, and have viewed our videos!

If you have any questions, please email us or call the lodge at (605) 669-3440.

West River Bucks 2013

Take a look at some of the trophy bucks our hunters have already hunted during the 2013 West River Deer Season! Check back often as we post more photos in the coming days.

Mike Peak (left) with Bad River Bucks & Bird's guide, Kyle.

Mike Peak (left) with Bad River Bucks & Bird’s guide, Kyle.

Randy Harrison

Randy Harrison


Darrell Kaltz (left) with his whitetail, Randy Harrison (right)

Darrell Kaltz (left) with his whitetail, Randy Harrison (right)


Scott Bylsma

Scott Bylsma

Bill Strawberry (left) with a 4x4 mule and Art with a 146 2/8 4x4 whitetail.

Bill Strawberry (left) with a 4×4 mule and Art with a 146 2/8 4×4 whitetail.


Johnny Finley (right) with Bad River Bucks & Birds guide, Tyler Rankin

Johnny Finley (right) with Bad River Bucks & Birds guide, Tyler Rankin

Chuck Walker

Chuck Walker