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Border Creek Lodge


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We are located in the Fairfax and Bonesteel area of South Dakota. This part of the state does not have a lot of big cities, just many small, friendly communities.


We continue to have mild winters in our part of the state, which have been easy on our wild bird population.  We expect to have a good carryover of mature game birds again this year along with a plentiful  spring hatch.


Our normal hunting operation is set up for 4 to 12 hunters.  However we can accommodate groups of 2 up to 20.  Our pheasant hunting is done on 4 Sections (2,560 ac) of private sorghum fields and adjacent areas.  As a general rule we do not hunt corn fields.  Please call us to discuss your specific needs if you have a group of less than 4 or more than 12.




Our pheasant, grouse and prairie chicken hunts are located in the Fairfax and Bonesteel area.  Sioux Falls is the closest commercial airport, it is about 2 1/2 hours from our operation.  Sioux City, Iowa is 3 hours away and also handles commercial flights.  Private and smaller commuter aircraft can be accommodated at Wagner (27 miles), Mitchell (90 miles) and Yankton (90 miles) airports. 


Waterfowl Licenses


Waterfowl licenses for Charles Mix County are allocated by lottery. Hunters have to apply for waterfowl licenses by June. If you are prompt in getting your application in you should get a license. We hunt in the Lake Andes area of Charles Mix County, which is Unit NRW-00A-86. In this unit the waterfowl license is good for the whole season. We also have some licenses available over the counter which have restrictions on areas that can be hunted. 


Hunting Gear


We host quite a few hunters with limited experience hunting pheasant and grouse in this part of the country.  Here are our thoughts on gear.  Bring a 12, 16 or 20 ga that you feel you shoot well.  Rooster pheasant are big birds, a 12 ga is not too much gun; however a 20 ga in skilled hands can be just as effective.  To cover most situations you should bring quality shot shells loaded with 1-1/8 to 1-1/4 oz of #5 or #4 shot. If using a 20 ga we suggest 3” shells.  As of spring 2014 lead shot can still be used on private lands, which is everything we will be hunting. 


The weather can vary every day of your hunt.  Early season can range from hot to cool, mid season is somewhat moderate and late season can offer sub-freezing temperatures and accumulations of snow.  Wind, rain and snow are possible throughout the season, even in Sep.  Your best bet is to bring clothes for layering, light weight thermal underwear, and waterproof outerwear.  Good waterproof boots and wool socks are a must as we will do a lot of walking.  We do not hunt area of thick briars, medium duty upland pants and jeans will suffice.  For everyone’s safety we ask all our hunters to wear an article of bright orange clothing above the waist such as an orange hat or vest.




We believe part of the fun of a hunt is watching a fine dog work. Hunters are encouraged to bring their trained gun dogs. We have several fine labs that we use for pheasant and goose hunting.  If you are interested in bringing your dog, we can help you with your planning to assure it is a great experience for you and your dog.




We enjoy a fine hunt and try to have fun while doing it. There are three things we will not tolerate while hunting: drinking of alcohol while hunting, shooting on the ground or too close to the dogs and trespassing on adjacent land.


We stress safety and we use the right precautions  to prevent accidents.  We request that all hunters have and wear safety glasses an orange vest and an orange hat.  All hunts at are professionally guided, we do not offer un-guided hunts.


Walleye Fishing


We guide the fishing from Pickstown to Pierre  on the Missouri river. The limit this year is 4 Walleye per person per day.  I have 30 years experience guiding Walleye fishermen on the Missouri River. I have seen all the ups and downs of the fishery, 2014 promises to be another great fishing season.

Hunting, Licenses & Gear



Contact us for all your South Dakota Fishing and Hunting

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Box 275 U.S. Hwy 18, Fairfax  SD  57335   *   605-654-2023 or 605-481-1469