*Please note that membership is not required to partake in any of our outdoor adventure opportunities. Each of our hunters has unique requirements, and membership is simply one option that may allow you to utilize our services in the way that’s best for you. We are happy to customize any of our membership programs or all-inclusive packages to align them more closely with your personal hunting and fishing plans.
Our best ideas come from our hunters. While attending outdoor shows around the country each off-season, we get the chance to talk to current and future hunters. More and more prospective guests are requesting information about membership programs. When we ask them more about what they’re looking for, the message that we hear again and again is that hunters desire to secure a lifetime of privileges and priority status through an exclusive membership at a lodge with amazing hunting, great food, friendly staff, and comfortable beds.
Basically, they want a hunting “home” that they can visit any time they want, bring whomever they want, and have their run of the Lodge. As the bird population dwindles in other states, many hunters are feeling a sense of urgency to protect and preserve the proud pheasant hunting tradition in South Dakota. Membership at a best-in-class Lodge like ours helps you lock in your future of pheasant hunting and fishing, with access to the best rates, special offerings and privileges, and the chance to make a lifetime of memories on the Great Plains.
An hour after landing at the Sioux Falls Airport, you’re leaving all the hustle and bustle behind and your cares and concerns start to fade. Driving across the heart of the Northern Great Plains, you get a sense of just how vast the land is – 180 million acres of rolling prairie grass stretch out in front of you. Right around the time you cross Wolf Creek, it hits you – this is the Great American West and you’re smack-dab in the middle of it.
You feel like you’re going back in time on this hunting trip. Long before the railroads ran through these plains, Lewis and Clark adventured through these parts all the way back in 1804. Great buffalo herds have thundered across this ground, pursued by Native Americans. Just up the road a stretch is where Hugh Glass was attacked and mauled by a grizzly bear in 1823. Left for dead, the fur trader crawled for weeks to reach Fort Kiowa. Sounds like a movie, doesn’t it? The story of Hugh Glass would later become The Revenant.
Back before he became the president of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt hunted bison here in the Dakota Territory. The fiery individualist and great outdoorsman ended up buying the Elkhorn Ranch on the banks of the Missouri River and running cattle there. Another president, Calvin Coolidge, turned the State Game Lodge of South Dakota’s Black Hills into his home in the summer of 1927 when he helped kick off the construction of Mount Rushmore.
Avid sportsman Ernest Hemingway visited our great state in 1936. Before going on to become a famous American writer, he hunted pheasants at a lodge on the Big Sioux River outside Wentworth. Legend has it that Hemingway went through a case of White Horse Scotch and wrote 50,000 words by candlelight in his rocking chair on the front porch. That novel would later win him a Pulitzer Prize.
You quit daydreaming about the great men of America’s past and turn off onto Old State Highway 16. This is Kimball, South Dakota, population 642. It also just so happens to be the pheasant hunting capital of the world. Past the old clapboard Methodist Church, the grain elevator and the rusted, neon Budweiser sign, the road winds left and your anticipation builds.
A few miles down a dusty, gravel road, you come up over a hill in Smith Township and suddenly, 900 miles from nowhere, you’re here. The fire pit is burning. The scent of prime rib and bourbon hangs in the air. This isn’t just any hunting lodge. This is the Lodge. This is legend and legacy. This is Dakota Prairie Lodge & Resort.
Like Roosevelt, Hemingway, and all of the other great adventurers and outdoorsmen who have ventured through these parts, you are about to write your own story out here on the wide-open prairie. And you, too, are about to be committed to legend.
10 days enjoying any of our hunting and fishing opportunities (for the member or associates)
Prairie Dog Hunting
All of our hunting and fishing excursions include:
10 additional nights of lodging (for the member or associates)
Whether you’re passing through South Dakota to access other hunting and fishing expeditions or just need a little peace and quiet soaking in the wide-open prairie, you are invited to make the Lodge your home. Come drive the tractor, smoke cigars on the deck, take the four-wheeler for a spin, or help train dogs.
Complimentary subscription to South Dakota Magazine
This magazine explores the great state of South Dakota with an emphasis on the interesting people and places that define our culture, heritage, arts, nature, and communities. The bi-monthly publication is written at the magazine’s headquarters in Yankton, the historic Missouri River city that was once the capital of the Dakota Territory. The headquarters encompasses three old brick buildings in Yankton’s downtown area that were built in the 18070s by Territorial Governor John Pennington.
Complimentary membership to Pheasants Forever
Members of Pheasants Forever and sister group Quail Forever are a diverse group of hunters, farmers, ranchers, landowners, conservation enthusiasts, and wildlife officials. The Pheasants Forever organization is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail, and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education, and land management policies and programs.
Complimentary weekend at The Lodge at Deadwood
When miners in the Northern Black Hills came across a gulch full of dead trees and a creek full of gold in 1876, Deadwood was born. The gold camp boomed overnight into a town emblematic of the Wild West, a place populated by outlaws, gamblers, and gunslingers that played by their own rules. The legends and legacies of Deadwood are still alive today, and the town is booming like never before. Deadwood is home to big-name concerts, modern-day casinos, luxury lodging, and perhaps the best Main Street in the entire western United States. The Lodge at Deadwood is your go-to destination when it comes to dining, lodging, and gaming in the Black Hills.
Complimentary subscription to BattlBox
Battlbox is a top-tier subscription service that provides a variety of camping, survival, everyday carry items, and all-around epic outdoor gear. Every month, you’ll receive a box delivered directly to your doorstep containing hand-selected products such as manuals, emergency supplies, outdoor gear, and survival tools.
Access to Discounted or Wholesale Deals on Gear and Equipment
As an outfitter and professional organization in the hunting and fishing industry, we at Dakota Prairie Lodge and Resort are able to take advantage of significant discounts and wholesale pricing that many retailers offer. These discounts extend to much of the most essential gear used for hunting and fishing excursions. Before making any purchase, we invite you to compare the list price to our special pricing to ensure you are making the most economical decision. We’re happy to share your savings with you!
Annual Gold Membership $12,000
Receive all benefits of the Annual Gold Membership every year for the duration of your lifetime, including:
Plus, enjoy these additional benefits exclusive to our Lifetime Platinum Members:
Mounted Pheasant from Pete’s Taxidermy
Tucked away in rural Burke, South Dakota, Pete’s Taxidermy is renowned nationwide. Every order placed at Pete’s is unique and made to your specifications. They have over ten thousand square feet to exhibit thousands of wildlife mounts and South Dakota hunting gift items. Visitors are always welcome to view their impressive showroom.
Bob Allen shooting shirt customed with Dakota Prairie Lodge & Resort logo
Bob Allen Company was started in a parachute shop on the tiny Pacific atoll of Tinian toward the end of World War II. Bob Allen was a young, nationally known clay target shooter before the war, and he later parlayed his aerial gunner instructor duties into a combat assignment in the South Pacific. The high-quality shooting shirts offered by the company will keep you warm and protected as you walk the fields, chasing down South Dakota’s wild pheasants.
Choice of commemorative Black Hills Gold jewelry – tiepin, necklace, or earrings
Manufactured in the Black Hills of South Dakota, this gold jewelry is named after the beautiful mountain range of the North American Great Plains that was once inhabited by Native American tribes. The hills were filled with gold, attracting many miners and prospectors during South Dakota’s gold rush in the 1870s. Black Hills Gold jewelry is distinctive for its unique designs and colors. The pink and green gold shades are created by alloying the gold with silver to produce green and with copper to produce pink. Each piece of the jewelry – leaves, grapes, and stems – is designed and created separately. Then they are soldered together onto the piece of jewelry. Whether you choose a tiepin for yourself or a necklace or earrings for your wife, you can’t go wrong with Black Hills Gold.
Choice of shotgun for upland bird hunting or rifle for prairie dog hunting
Beretta A400 Upland 12 Gauge 28” OBF-HP3
The A400 Upland is the very first Beretta shotgun featuring an innovative wood stock. The nickel-plated receiver is completed by an exquisite game scene engraving. The new design of the pistol grip improves the gun’s comfort level, enhancing the overall look and the slim new design. The A400 Upland is a great combination of the latest technologies paired with a classic look – it’s perfect for any and all hunters who are looking for the best shooting experience.
Ruger M77 Hawkeye Predator 24” SS OD LAM NS
Built with versatility, style and performance in mind, the Ruger Hawkeye features slim, ergonomic, classic checkering of the walnut stock and the LC6 trigger. In addition, these bolt-action rifles contain all the value-added characteristics of Ruger rifles: positive floor plate latch, integral scope mounts, three-position safety, and hammer-forged barrels. This Predator model is a uniquely styled, lightweight varmint rifle with a Hawkeye Matte Stainless finish Green Mountain laminate stock and a two-stage adjustable Target Trigger.
Lifetime Platinum Membership $60,000