Besides our pheasant hunts near Mitchell, Mike Kuchera's South Dakota Guide Service, Inc. offers a specialty hunt for the upland bird hunting enthusiast.
This hunt is based out of Valentine, Nebraska, hunting in southwestern South Dakota approximately 170 miles southeast of Rapid City, SD. On this hunt, you will experience some of the best prairie chicken and sharp-tailed grouse hunting around.
Chances are you will not only see sharp-tailed grouses and prairie chickens, but also other wildlife such as coyote, whitetail and mule deer, prairie dogs, pheasant and wild turkey. You will be amazed at the spectacular scenery with the wide open prairies and fields.
You will arrive on a Friday late afternoon, hunting on Saturday and Sunday and departing after the hunt on Sunday. Your hunting package will include lodging on Friday and Saturday nights in Valentine, lunch, and dinner.
Your package also includes birds packaged ready to be shipped via FedEx or taken with you, bottled water during the hunts, shotgun shells, and your Rosebud Tribe hunting license, transportation while in the fields, experienced hunting guides and a dog handler with trained retrievers.
Embrace the Beauty of Valentine
Valentine is a historic ranching town in northwestern Nebraska about 30 miles from the South Dakota border. If you like to gamble, the Rosebud Casino is located a few miles north of Valentine. Many of our hunters fly into Rapid City and spend an extra couple days touring the Black Hills, visiting Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Monument.
We hunt in the wide open country of native prairie grass, alfalfa fields, grain fields and some tree thickets. Grouse can flush as singles or in coveys from three to 12 or more birds per covey. The average distance for the shot would be between 35 to 40 yards. Temperatures in the morning would be from 35 to 45°F and in the afternoon from 50 to 80°F or more which is usually short-sleeve bird hunting weather.
We start out early in the day and hunt until around 4 p.m. We stop to have a great field lunch and in the afternoon have a break with a cool beverage and snack. If you have a well-trained pointer or retriever who gets along with other dogs and people, they are welcome.