Welcome to Dakota Safaris and Trophy South Dakota Hunting.
Dakota Safaris has been successfully providing trophy mule deer and whitetail deer hunting experiences since 1965 in western South Dakota. Our area encompasses approximately 150,000 acres of privately owned land north and south of Wall, South Dakota, along the rugged Cheyenne River drainage area. We had one deer make the b&c record book in 2010. We guarantee an opportunity of a 4 point on one side or better with a success rate of 95%-100% consistently.
As guests of Dakota Safaris, our deer hunters will have more than 150,000 acres of rugged country along the Cheyenne River reserved exclusively for them as in the past several years. The hills and draws of these river breaks provide ideal habitat for good numbers of whitetail and muley buck deer. These cedar covered hills are their natural romping grounds and their “home on the range”, and have been hunted by Dakota Safaris hunters for 45 years. During your 4-5 day hunt in this ideal deer country, you are not likely to see any other hunters except those in your party. But you will see trophy deer – and you should be able to take home a “big one” and “do it with pride”.
Dakota Safaris will take care of your needs during your hunt. Your guide will pick you up at pre-dawn and will have you back for a catered gourmet meal in the evening. Special beef cuts and steaks have been a priority with our hunters. At our hunting camp, you will be staying at a modern ranch home where beds, linens and towels are provided. Hunting transportation will be in four-wheeled drive vehicles, so you will be able to travel into the heart of the rough country. Dakota Safaris are experienced ranch hands who know the terrain and the hideouts for the “wall hangers”. All clients will either stay at our main camp or with individual ranch families. All meals and necessary amenities are included in the price of the hunt.
How We Hunt
The hunting philosophy of Dakota Safaris and the ranchers on whose land you’ll hunt is to provide a quality trophy deer hunting experience for you and others now and in the years to come. We, therefore, do not promote you shooting anything less than a four-point buck (western count). We aim only to take a few of the big ones each year and thereby preserve a vigorous herd of deer so that year after year we can offer another super hunt, comparable to few others. Hunting this semi-rough terrain can be just about as tough as you want to make it. If you like to walk, there’s plenty of that, and if you prefer to conserve your energy, your guide can locate you to a spot or drive you to strategic points and locations. Ranchers or their employees will guide every hunter to the places where the “wall hangers” reside. The semi-rough terrain is ideal for sitting and spotting or for walking and stalking.
What To Expect
In the 4-5 days of hunting, your guide will have shown you at least several trophy bucks. We hope you have familiarized yourself with the shooting of your rifle or bow, so you can make that fatal shot. As you know, a hunter cannot brag about his shot when he misses the big one; however, hit or miss, the evening stories still are told. Traveling to our hunting camp is not difficult; you can drive your automobile to our camp by traveling to Wall, SD, 50 miles east of Rapid City, and then 9 miles north on the Creighton Road.
You may be interested in knowing that airlines provide regular service to Rapid City. In addition, there is a small lighted airport with about 3,500 foot asphalt runway located at the city of Wall.
Since our hunting facilities are limited, we suggest you get your deposit in early. We look forward to hosting you on a hunt you won’t forget.
What to bring with you:
- Rifle in the .30/06 class with scope and sling
- Camera and film
- Hunting Boots
- Clothing for variable weather
- Personal Items
License Information and Hunting Season
In this part of South Dakota, the rifle season usually opens the second Saturday in November. Archery opens the end of September and runs through the end of December. Hunts with Dakota Safaris are for 4-5 days. Contact us ASAP to secure your hunt and to get the details of dates, costs and procedures for licensing. NOW is the time to start planning. We will be happy to send you the applications. The best chance to get a license is to apply for the “special buck”.
We send license applications to all clients who have a confirmed booking with Dakota Safaris. All big game rifle licenses in South Dakota are selected by a lottery system. The first application period begins in April. An unlimited number of archery tags are sold. Additional licensing information can be found by going to http://www.state.sd.us/gfp/.
Archery deer hunts are available as well as wild turkey, grouse, pheasant, coyote, and prairie dog. These can be in combination with the rifle deer hunt or separate.
Mule or Whitetail Deer 4-day - $4,500.00 Additional Days $500.00 per day
$800.00 deposit required to confirm booking. Balance due 10/15.
Archery Deer - $2,000.00 for 5 days
Wild Turkey - $800.00 for 3 days
Grouse and Pheasant - $200.00 per gun per day
Coyote - $250 per gun per day
P.O. Box 505
Wall, South Dakota 57790