I pulled up to shoot, then another flew up closer, so I turned my aim on it, by that time there were two more flying up the other direction and now they were closer. This went on and on to my amazement. To make a long story short, I didn't even pull the trigger, but I did see enough roosters to fill our group's bag for all 3 days.
There were so many birds in the sky, I still can’t believe it even though I’ve seen it.
Stephan allows hunters to hunt in the manner that you so choose. His properties tend to be sized towards larger parties than we have and his flexibility on how the hunt is conducted is well received in our group (our preference is more towards flushing pheasants with our dogs than just driving fields at posters).
The lodge is as important as the quality of the fields. The large open rooms lend well for our socialization. After all, that's why we hunt together.
I've seen a few big flushes of pheasants before, but I haven’t seen it like that before.
Salt Lake City, Utah
One of the best times I have ever had. I can not wait to go back.
Thanx for the hunting report and the best wishes for next year.
Your hunting lodge is the best I have ever inhabited------and I have been in many, ranging from the Rocky Mtns to Kodiak Island and near the Arctic Circle!
Fred and I are still telling stories about our hunt with you---it was a lot of fun, and we'll plan on shooting a little straighter next time!
All the best to you and your fine young family this year and beyond!
Royal Oak, MI
This was our third hunt with Stephan and all have been great fun. I expected that we would have a harder time this year after hearing that the numbers were down considerably in South Dakota even though the Presho area didn't sound nearly as bad. Our pheasant population in central Iowa is devastated so we were looking forward to what has been our only real hunting of the year. Stephan put us on an incredible number of birds that I will remember forever. I had three days of seeing more birds in the air than I thought possible. Numerous times I didn't get a shot off because there were so many birds getting up that I couldn't pick one out. When I was ready to shoot more kept getting up between me and the bird I had picked out. It is an awfully lot of fun to be confused by seeing too many pheasants in front of your gun. We felt like we were in a pheasant hunter's heaven for the three days we hunted. I will never forget the memories from these trips. Great time. Thank you, Stephan!
"I had a great 5 day experience with Stephan and his guides. It was the experience of a lifetime that I will
always remember. Our group all had our own dogs but I did appreciate that my Brittany worked well
with Stephan's two Chocolate Labs."
I participated in a very enjoyable pheasant hunt with Ringnecks in October of 2007. The hunt was led by Stephan Stanley. I found Stephan to be very knowledgeable as to where to hunt and in the habits of the birds. He was very professional in terms of gun safety and the overall welfare of the hunting party, and he made the hunt interesting with his comments on shooting and his knowledge of the birds and their habitat. The wild birds were abundant and healthy due to the good cover and the food plots available on the Stanley Farm. It was not difficult for our group of hunters to get their limit. I intend to return and hunt with Stephan in the fall of 2008 and I would heartily recommend the Stanley Farm as the place to go for a most enjoyable bird hunt.
Dr. Alan Swanson
Sioux Falls, SD
"Awesome hunting in beautiful surroundings with professional guides who knew where to find the
birds and how to get them up in front of our guns! Super friendly service and very comfortable
St. Louis, Missouri
I have hunted for five years in South Dakota and the best true hunting experience for pheasants was with Ringnecks Hunting Lodge because there is so much variable terrain, not just crop rows. The variety makes it so much fun. The birds are wily and wild, sneaking around you if they can get away with it. Also, the deer population makes it fun when a deer flushes instead of a pheasant. I am coming back this fall.
The population clearly was down, but the hunting was good because you had to hunt smart and better
and we were able to watch the dogs work more. good dogs and they didn't get out in front too far,
were well trained and could retrieve. Most dogs don't do both. the guides were excellent and everyone
involved was good. Lots of fun and we are coming back. Not as many birds, but that made the hunt
more fun because we hunted longer, and saw more of South Dakota habitat.
Whenever I have talked about pheasant hunting with fellow hunters, South Dakota is always thought of as a desirable location to hunt. I have traveled to South Dakota for 9 consecutive seasons and have hunted the same land each year. Situated in the heart of South Dakota,
Ringnecks on the Stanley Farm has proven excellent pheasant populations year after year and provided a successful hunt each trip into the field.
Overall my hunting experiences with Ringnecks Hunting have been beyond what most locations can offer. The practice rounds of clay target shooting offer early competition among your hunting group and polish your shooting skills before hitting the field. The available acreage, variety of ground, abundance of pheasants, excellent habitat and food sources for the birds leaves little doubt in shooting your limit each day. The guide service along with well-trained dogs provided for a world class hunt.
Accommodations provided by Ringnecks are beyond expectations. The hospitality, meal preparations, and lodging make you feel welcome as a hunter, guest and friend of the family.
I've hunted pheasants in South Dakota for 38 years now, and one thing I know from all those years is that central South Dakota, specifically Lyman County is The Pheasant Capital and Stephan at Ringnecks hunts all over that county.
San Diego, California
Stephan, thanks for a great hunt! My two boys are still talking about how they will never forget how much fun the hunt was. You and chuck were great! Thanks again for the memories that will last a life time. I will keep in touch…next year will be here soon.
Russel, Trevor, Tyler Ingram
Our group of hunters from Iowa has hunted with Stephan for the last two years. The pheasant numbers in the Presho area are amazing. I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen for myself. We took our German shorthairs and Stephan did everything he could to accommodate us. We decided to work his worst areas first to hunt the dogs so we didn't limit too quickly. There were so many pheasants in some of his areas that the dogs were confused by too much scent. We had a great experience and look forward to going back this year. Stephan - Thanks for the great memories you have provided my family and friends.