Hunting Options

Duck – (Fully Guided)

High Prairie Lodge & Outfitters has won Outfitter of the Year 3x with Hunt the North and was named one
of the top 100 outfitters in North America by Chuck Petrie formerly of Ducks Unlimited (link).

Professional South Dakota duck hunting outfitter Dave Ciani has spent many years acquiring several unique duck hunting properties in western South Dakota to offer an uncomparable late season mallard hunting opportunity near the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Every year thousands and thousands of mallards winter in this region and stage on several hot springs and warm water ponds and river roosts in the area. With Dave’s extensive background in wildlife management, combined with his skilled waterfowl hunting experience Dave has put together a World Class South Dakota Duck Hunt. With this set up Dave only allows a limited number of groups in camp to assure that he does not burn out the roost sites that he has permanent blind set ups on.

In addition to the incredible “Hot Spring” marsh hunt, Dave also has exclusive access to several of the most productive grain fields in the area for an unbelievable afternoon field mallard hunt as well. With the ability to accommodate any size group of hunters at a time, you will be the only group in camp if you have 7 or more people. Also, the best pricing is based on 7 or more people. With the High Prairie Lodge within a short drive of the hunt sites you will not only enjoy World Class Duck Hunting but will enjoy 5 Star hospitality to go along with it!

Be sure to contact Dave Ciani ASAP for availability due to the fact that Non-Resident Waterfowl Hunters MUST APPLY for a South Dakota waterfowl license starting late June through the first 2 weeks of July 2020!

Please call for pricing as our best price is 7 or more people but can cater to any size of hunting party and price accordingly. The fully guided hunts included lodging, meals, guiding and upland bird cleaning if you select upland bird options to go along with your hunt.

Goose – (Fully Guided)

Please call for pricing as our best price is 7 or more people but can cater to any size of hunting party and price accordingly. The fully guided hunts included lodging, meals, guiding and upland bird cleaning if you select upland bird options to go along with your hunt.

Waterfowl/Upland Combo – (Fully Guided)

2020-2021 South Dakota “World Class Hot Springs Duck, Canada Goose Hunting and Upland Combo”

It is time for the South Dakota Waterfowl Draw! Call us and we can assist you in correctly applying for the right zone.

Professional South Dakota mallard duck, greater canada goose, wild pheasant and upland bird hunting outfitter Dave Ciani has spent many years acquiring many unique waterfowl, pheasant and upland bird hunting properties in western South Dakota. This allows him to offer an unbelievable mallard duck, greater canada goose, pheasant and upland hunting opportunity on the “High Prairie” of South Dakota. Upland bird license is over the counter and guaranteed.

Every year tens of thousands of mallards and canada geese winter in this region and stage on many of the hot springs and warm water ponds and river roosts in the area. Dave Ciani has decades of extensive wildlife management experience. Dave and his lovely wife Teri passion is building wildlife habitat. Building wetlands, stream improvement, impoundments, shelterbelts, native prairie grass, along with working closely with industry professionals including ASCS, NRCS, Blachhills National Forest, Fish and Wildlife Service and South Dakota Fish and Game to create a nesting habitat for waterfowl and upland birds over the years. His skilled waterfowl hunting experience Dave has put together a World Class South Dakota Duck and Canada Goose Hunt. With this set up Dave hosts only one group in camp at a time to assure that he does not burn the mallard ducks or canada geese. He has permanent blind set ups on various ranches.

He also has the ability to be flexible to hunt field or water with various blind setups to create “IN YOUR FACE” unbelievable quality waterfowl hunting over decoys that even the most particular waterfowl purest would be mesmerized. High Prairie Lodge & Outfitters accommodates groups of 4 – 8 at a time and you will be the only group in camp! With the High Prairie Lodge & Outfitters you are within a short drive of the hunt sites you will not only enjoy World Class Mallard Duck Hunting and greater Canada Goose Hunting. You will enjoy 5 Star meals, lodging and dog work to go along with it! Did we tell you we love dogs!

Upland Combo – (Fully Guided)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: NON-RESIDENT WATERFOWL HUNTERS MUST APPLY BETWEEN MID JUNE – EARLY JULY 2020! OFFICIAL DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED.

At High Prairie Lodge & Outfitters we specialize in World Class upland bird hunts. We have put a lot of time and resources into our operation to be able to offer a very unique and exclusive Black Hills Bobwhite Quail and Hungarian Partridge Hunting Adventure!

Outfitter Dave Ciani has been successfully guiding upland bird hunters on his pristine Black Hills PRIVATE hunting grounds for over a decade. With 5 Star Lodging and Meals at the High Prairie Lodge, this is a trip that can’t be beat!

Be sure to inquire about our Amazing Upland Bird / Waterfowl Combo Hunt Packages for big Greenheads over decoys and large coveys of quail and huns over professionally trained pointers and flushers.

In addition to our Black Hills Camp, South Dakota upland bird hunting outfitter Dave Ciani can also accommodate Pheasant Hunters and Sharptail Grouse Hunters in different regions of the state as well.

High Prairie Lodge & Outfitters has vast hunting areas across the great state of South Dakota to ensure a successful upland hunting experience no matter what species you desire. Dave also spends many hours year round in preparation for your hunt, from scouting all of his areas, even before the season opens to check bird counts in each area so you are assured of a successful South Dakota Bobwhite Quail Hunting, partridge hunting, sharptail hunting and pheasant hunting adventure each fall.

We can customize any part of the hunt that you desire. This is an unforgettable upland bird hunting experience and High Prairie Lodge & Outfitters will meet and exceed your wildest dreams! So, let us help you plan your next adventure, you won’t be disappointed.

Be sure to contact outfitter Dave Ciani ASAP at 605-261-7793 for more details and to make your reservation for this unbelievable South Dakota Quail hunting and upland bird hunting adventure!

Pheasant & Upland – (Fully Guided)

High Prairie Lodge and Outfitters offers some of the finest Wild South Dakota Pheasant Hunts found in the country! Outfitter Dave Ciani has spent over 3 decades working on locking up high quality, pristine South Dakota prairie in several locations across the state to assure that all of his customers have an opportunity to experience a World Class All Wild Bird South Dakota Pheasant Hunt!

The first area Dave offers is located near Gettysburg, SD in the northern region of the state.

This is a very unique location in that the properties have never been commercially hunted for pheasants before Dave took over them over 5 years ago.

On this hunt we DO NOT plant birds so every pheasant you flush is a true wild bird. This area is also unique in that the habitat is very traditional; cattail sloughs, CRP cover and Tree belts. Note: we do not hunt crop rows on this hunt it is all natural cover. On this hunt you can expect to see between 1,000 – 3,000 birds per day. This particular hunt is very conducive for pointing dogs. Feel free to bring and use your own dogs or hunt over our professionally trained pointers and flushers. We can also accommodate an spectacular waterfowl / upland combo hunt or a whitetail / upland combo in this area.

We can arrange hunt dates from the end of October through the first week in January. We can accommodate individual hunters as well as family groups and corporate outings (up to 20 hunters). During your hunt you will not be put in with another group unless arrangements for that have been made at the time of booking. On this hunt your accommodations will be very clean, comfortable cabin accommodations at a resort overlooking the Missouri river. Meal plans consist of steak, shrimp, walleye etc and are very tasty and filling. All of the small details will be accommodated for and we can customize any specific details that are important to you or your group. Please contact outfitter Dave Ciani at 605-261-7793 for more details or for open dates for the upcoming South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Season.

The second area we hunt is located near Whitelake, SD in the south central region of the state. Again this is also an All Wild Bird Hunt. The overall hunt as well as the cover we will be hunting is quite different from our above pheasant hunting region near Gettysburg. In this area you can expect to see the same number of birds and limits are the norm daily however this cover is much more conducive to flushing dogs and you can expect cattail sloughs, tree belts and switch grass as well as some agricultural crop rows. We also have the option of using our professionally trained pointers or flushers or you can use your own dogs and any group size can be accommodated for. We can also arrange for a phenomenal upland / waterfowl combo hunt in this region as well.

During your trip you will be staying a nice, comfortable motel in Mitchell, SD. The night life and area attractions in this area are a little more exciting. There is a Cabelas in town and many options for area restaurants for your dining pleasure. Hunting dates for this area are the same, running from the end of October to the first week in January.

Note: Due to the fact that we do not release birds in either of our areas, it is very important to us that we manage the properties properly to ensure a World Class hunting experience. We only hunt a specific area during a three day hunt and then rest it for 2 – 3 weeks before returning with another group. This also ensures that smaller groups hunting late season will have up close shots and the birds do not become “Unhuntable” by the end of the season. Please contact outfitter Dave Ciani for more details on either of our fantastic South Dakota Pheasant Hunts. References available upon request.

Sharp-Tail Grouse / Hungarian Partridge / Bobwhite Quail

At High Prairie Lodge & Outfitters we specialize in World Class upland bird hunts. We have put a lot of time and resources into our operation to be able to offer a very unique and exclusive Black Hills Bobwhite Quail and Hungarian Partridge Hunting Adventure!

Outfitter Dave Ciani has been successfully guiding upland bird hunters on his pristine Black Hills PRIVATE hunting grounds for over a decade. With 5 Star Lodging and Meals at the High Prairie Lodge, this is a trip that can’t be beat!

Be sure to inquire about our Amazing Upland Bird / Waterfowl Combo Hunt Packages for big Greenheads over decoys and large coveys of quail and huns over professionally trained pointers and flushers.

In addition to our Black Hills Camp, South Dakota upland bird hunting outfitter Dave Ciani can also accommodate Pheasant Hunters and Sharptail Grouse Hunters in different regions of the state as well.

High Prairie Lodge & Outfitters has vast hunting areas across the great state of South Dakota to ensure a successful upland hunting experience no matter what species you desire. Dave also spends many hours year round in preparation for your hunt, from scouting all of his areas, even before the season opens to check bird counts in each area so you are assured of a successful South Dakota Bobwhite Quail Hunting, partridge hunting, sharptail hunting and pheasant hunting adventure each fall.

We can customize any part of the hunt that you desire. This is an unforgettable upland bird hunting experience and High Prairie Lodge & Outfitters will meet and exceed your wildest dreams! So, let us help you plan your next adventure, you won’t be disappointed.

Be sure to contact outfitter Dave Ciani ASAP at 605-261-7793 for more details and to make your reservation for this unbelievable South Dakota Quail hunting and upland bird hunting adventure!

Turkey – Firearm & Archery (Fully Guided, Semi-guided, Self-guided)

Fully Guided

  • 3 Days, Lodging and Meals included.
  • 2 Hunters – $2,100 per person plus tax, includes 1 guide.
  • 1 Hunter – $2,250, you will be paired with another single hunter to make a team of 2 for the guide.
  • These hunts are fully-guided and included guiding, scouting and coaching for Black Hills Merriam Turkey in the beautiful and rugged Black Hills of South Dakota.
  • If you fly, you would fly into the Rapid City South Dakota Airport, rent a vehicle and then we are one hour away. We recommend a 4×4 vehicle or AWD for these hunts.
  • Tags are guaranteed for True Merriam Turkeys in the Blackhills.
  • Tags are guaranteed for True Merriam Turkeys in the Blackhills and Prairie for archery.
  • Additional birds are available in the prairie units by special draw. Call for pricing and availability.
  • Call early to book these hunts and get full details on the draw.
  • We highly recommend you call before applying for any of these tags.

Semi-guided

  • 3 and ½ Days, Lodging and Meals included.
  • $1,100 per person plus tax (2 person minimum), includes 1 guide. If you are a single hunter we will be paired with another hunter to make a team of 2 for the guide for scouting and seminar your first afternoon.
  • These semi-guided hunts include a 1/2 day of guiding, scouting and coaching for Black Hills Merriam Turkey in the beautiful and rugged Black Hills of South Dakota.
  • If you fly, you would fly into the Rapid City South Dakota Airport, rent a vehicle and then we are one hour away. We recommend a 4×4 vehicle or AWD for these hunts.
  • Tags are guaranteed for True Merriam Turkeys in the Blackhills.
  • Tags are guaranteed for True Merriam Turkeys in the Blackhills and Prairie for archery.
  • Limited availability on this hunt.
  • We highly recommend you call before applying for any of these tags.

Do It Yourself

  • 2 People Minimum, $500 per person plus tax
  • 1 Person $650 plus tax
  • Semi-Guided ½ Day, Black Hills Merriam Turkey Hunt
  • These semi-guided hunts do not include lodging or meals and are strictly a 1/2 day of guiding arriving at 2 pm until dusk.
  • If you fly, you would fly into the Rapid City South Dakota Airport, rent a vehicle and then we are one hour away. We recommend a 4×4 vehicle or AWD for these hunts.
  • Tags are guaranteed for True Merriam Turkeys in the Blackhills.
  • Tags are guaranteed for True Merriam Turkeys in the Blackhills and Prairie for archery.
  • Limited availability on this hunt.
  • We highly recommend you call before applying for any of these tags.

Whitetail & Mule Deer – Firearm (Fully Guided, Semi-guided or Do it yourself)

Black Hills – Firearm

Fully Guided – Firearm – Draw for Tags

  • 3 Days, Lodging and Meals included; additional add-on days are available.
  • 2 Hunters – $3,500 per person plus tax, includes 1 guide.
  • 1 Hunter – $3,850 , you will be paired with another single hunter to make a team of 2 for the guide.
  • These hunts are fully-guided and include guiding, lodging and meals.
  • If you fly, you would fly into the Rapid City South Dakota Airport, rent a vehicle and then we are one hour away from the lodge.
  • Tags are Whitetail only or any deer (Mule Deer or Whitetail) in the Blackhills.
  • Call early to book these hunts and get full details on the draw.
  • We highly recommend you call before applying for any of these tags or preference points.

Semi-guided – Firearm – Draw for Tags

  • 3 ½ Days, Lodging and Meals included; additional add-on days are available.
  • 2 Hunters – $2,250 per person plus tax, includes 1 guide.
  • 1 Hunter – $2,500 plus tax, you will be paired with another single hunter to make a team of 2 for the guide.
  • These hunts are semi-guided and include ½ day guiding, lodging and meals.
  • If you fly, you would fly into the Rapid City South Dakota Airport, rent a vehicle and then we are one hour away from the lodge. We recommend a 4×4 vehicle or AWD for these hunts.
  • Tags are Whitetail only or any deer (Mule Deer or Whitetail) in the Blackhills.
  • Call early to book these hunts and get full details on the draw.
  • We highly recommend you call before applying for any of these tags or preference points.

Prairie – Firearm

Fully Guided – Firearm – Draw for Tags

  • 3 Days, Lodging and Meals included; additional add-on days are available.
  • Whitetail Deer Only; 2 Hunters – $3,500 per person plus tax, includes 1 guide.
  • Mule or Whitetail Deer (Any Legal Buck Deer); 2 Hunters – $4,000 per person plus tax, includes 1 guide.
  • 1 Hunter – $4,100 plus tax, you will be paired with another single hunter to make a team of 2 for the guide.
  • These hunts are fully-guided and include guiding, lodging and meals.
  • If you fly, you would fly into the Rapid City South Dakota Airport, rent a vehicle and then we are one hour away from the lodge.
  • Tags, there are 2 options for Prairie Tags. 1.) West River Special Buck, good for any legal buck (Mule or Whitetail Deer). Private land only excludes the Blackhills. 2.) Prairie Deer, separate drawing from West River Special Buck you must specify Whitetail or any deer (Mule or Whitetail Deer). This tag is good for private or public land excluding the Blackhills.
  • Call early to book these hunts and get full details on the draw.
  • We highly recommend you call before applying for any of these tags or preference points.

Whitetail & Mule Deer – Archery

Black Hills – Archery (Fully Guided or Semi-guided)

Fully Guided – Archery Unlimited Tags

  • 3 Days, Lodging and Meals included; additional add-on days are available.
  • 2 Hunters – $3,500 per person plus tax, includes 1 guide.
  • 1 Hunter – $3,850 , you will be paired with another single hunter to make a team of 2 for the guide.
  • These hunts are fully-guided and include guiding, lodging and meals.
  • If you fly, you would fly into the Rapid City South Dakota Airport, rent a vehicle and then we are one hour away from the lodge.
  • Tags are guaranteed and unlimited for Whitetail or Mule Deer in the Blackhills.
  • Call early to book these hunts and get full details on the draw.

Semi-guided – Archery – Unlimited Tags

  • ⦁ 3 ½ Days, Lodging and Meals included; additional add-on days are available.
  • ⦁ 2 Hunters – $2,250 per person plus tax, includes 1 guide.
  • ⦁ 1 Hunter – $2,500 plus tax, you will be paired with another single hunter to make a team of 2 for the guide.
  • ⦁ These hunts are semi-guided and include ½ day guiding, lodging and meals.
  • ⦁ If you fly, you would fly into the Rapid City South Dakota Airport, rent a vehicle and then we are one hour away from the lodge. We recommend a 4×4 vehicle or AWD for these hunts.
  • ⦁ Tags are guaranteed and unlimited for Whitetail or Mule Deer in the Blackhills.
  • ⦁ Call early to book these hunts and get full details on the draw.

Prairie – Archery

Fully Guided – Archery – Unlimited Tags

  • 3 Days, Lodging and Meals included; additional add-on days are available.
  • 2 Hunters – $3,850 per person plus tax, includes 1 guide.
  • 1 Hunter – $4,000 plus tax, you will be paired with another single hunter to make a team of 2 for the guide.
  • These hunts are fully-guided and include guiding, lodging and meals.
  • If you fly, you would fly into the Rapid City South Dakota Airport, rent a vehicle and then we are one hour away from the lodge.
  • Tags are guaranteed and unlimited for Whitetail or Mule Deer in the Prairie.
  • Call early to book these hunts and get full details on the draw.
  • Blackhills

Antelope – Firearm (Draw for tags) & Archery (Guarantee Tags); Fully Guided

Methods of hunting firearm

  • Spot and stalk.

Methods of hunting archery

  • Traditional blinds on waterholes (pre-rut).
  • Spot and stalk.
  • Rut spot and stalk with decoy.
  • Hunting with mules, walking a side Willie, Reba and Lady (bring carrots).

Antelope – Fully Guided

  • Call for prices
  • Price depends on the number of people hunting (hunter/non-hunters). We can customize your length of the hunt and if you want to stay for sightseeing. This does include field dressing and getting your trophy to the locker plant or butcher shop.
  • These hunts are fully-guided and include guiding, lodging and meals.
  • If you fly, you would fly into the Rapid City South Dakota Airport, rent a vehicle and then we are one hour away from the lodge.
  • Draw for tags for firearms and archery is guaranteed.
  • Call early to book these hunts and get full details on the draw.
  • We highly recommend you call before applying for any of these tags or preference points.

Customized Hunts & Add-Ons

  • Urasian Doves (Open Year Round)
  • Coyote
  • Elk (Resident Only)
  • Buffalo
  • Mountain Lion (Resident Only)
  • Pigeons (Open Year Round)
  • Prairie Dog and ground squirrel
  • Fishing
    • Bow Fishing
    • Fly Fishing
  • Long Range Shooting (Available)
  • Mentor Hunts
  • Tours
    • Mt. Rushmore
    • Devils Tower
    • Crazy Horse
    • Badlands National Park
    • Custer State Park
    • Black Hills
    • Off-Road, ATV, UTV and Rock Climb
  • Horseback, Muleback and Pack Trips

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