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Prairie Dog Hunting | Private Dog Towns

Backcountry Outfitters offers excellent prairie dog shooting on private land in South Dakota.  Last year we had access to over 11 different private prairie dog towns that were all within 20 minutes of the chalets, and this year we are working to acquire even more towns.  This will ensure that you have an exceptional South Dakota prairie dog hunt.

Typical Prairie Dog Hunt

A typical day includes a hearty breakfast at the main lodge, a chance to sight in your rifles at our gun range if needed, then off to the prairie dog towns in one of our suburban’s that will be loaded with your cooler with plenty of lunch and beverages, top of the line shooting benches, shooting bags and plenty of sun screen. You will follow our guide to your town where he will help you get all set up and show you the shooting options on that particular property. Our hunts are set up where you follow the guide to the prairie dog towns and your left alone with a prepared lunch. Shooting depends on the weather and the shooter the amount of rounds is up to you, the prairie dogs and Mother Nature.

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Season Dates

Typically we like to start booking around Memorial Day. After that, the shooting is usually great until the snow flies. The prairie dog season is open year-round with an unlimited possession limit.  Shooting hours are typically unrestricted; however we suggest starting the hunt mid-morning to early afternoon to ensure an exciting and lifetime experience.

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Prairie Dog Hunt Rates

$500 per day per hunter (All Inclusive). Your prairie dog hunt is all inclusive in our main lodge and/or chalet, on-site transportation, all meals, dinner wines, all beverages, and daily maid service. Trap and target range will be available for your use.  South Dakota Prairie Dog slots are on a first come, first serve basis. 

Feel free to view our prairie dog hunting photo gallery and past customers.

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Guns & Calibers

Any gun and calibers are accepted. From .22LR to .50 caliber, come put your skills to the test. Bring a mix of guns from bolt action, to auto's or your pistols. Typically we see that in the early season of prairie dog hunting you could go through 200-300 rounds of ammo.

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Long Shot Record

Currently at Backcountry Outfitters our lodge record is 924 yards for a confirmed kill at a prairie dog.

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Gun Range

Sight in your rifles before your prairie dog hunt at our target and shooting range. We offer 100, 200, and 300 yard rifle range as well as a 1100 yard range. All targets are shot from a carpet covered concrete shooting bench which is solid enough to allow the shooter to concentrate on his aim and equipment. View the photos of our range.

Must Have's To Bring

South Dakota does require a $40 varmint license to shoot prairie dogs. Pre-purchase before your hunt or you may buy the license at the lodge with our high-speed internet before your hunt. Binoculars, sunblock, range finder, spotting scopes, camera, video camera. Read more at our plan a trip page.

Available Dates

If you have any other questions or had some dates in mind please let us know either by email or calling and we can hold that date with a 50% deposit. If you have any other questions or wanted to inquire about available dates please visit our contact page here.

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