South Dakota Pheasant Hunting

South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Traditions Start Here


Monday, October 8th, 2012

Let us introduce you to our very own Super Nova. Some of you met her last year as a puppy so we are posting an updated photo of her so you can see how she has grown. Nova has completed “puppy camp” and is ready for the fall hunting season.

Watching young dogs develop into great hunting legacies is one of the best perks of our hunting operation!

Friday, September 28th, 2012

         We chased the wiley ringnecks around the ranch today.   Rhonda and Max made some round bales. The silage is in the bunker silo.  Saw the first lazy flight of Sandhill Cranes. If they ever flew a straight line, they would get there quicker.

The cottonwood, ash and willow are  full of yellow, gold, red and orange leaves.  Beautiful in Western South Dakota.  Later….. Randy

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Our ultra-sound went well.The cow herd and heifers checked well. Good news considering the drought conditions. We are still opening some fields and doing some fall irrigation.

We started our 26th pheasant season. The hunting dogs will be “soft” for a little while yet. They have had an easy summer. The days and nights are cooler,so now is the time to start getting your dog ” into” the Hunt. The more experience they have, the better they will get at their life’s passion. Later…. Randy

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

We have been chopping silage most of the week. As we have opened the fields,we are finding some dead deer. Probably EHD. It seems to be worse on the dry years. But there stills seems to be a good number of deer around.

The turkeys had a big hatch this year. We should have a good spring hunting season.

The rooster pheasants are getting their adult colors. We start hunting them this week.

We will altra-sound and work the cows this week and put them back on summer pasture for a while. The grass is there just need a rain.                           

Later…. Randy

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Calves are five days weaned. We had one “bump” in the night and the calves took out a gate. They just made another pen,so we did not have to go looking for them. One broken leg, it could have been worse.

 Maybe start silaging tomorrow. We will be hunting pheasants soon.

 Later… Randy

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Hope everyone is having a good Labor Day. We went to the Parade in Newell. Visited with friends and family. We are getting ready to wean calves and give second shots. Sept. is going to get busy, … pipe line to put in,corn silage and the last of the hay.

Our upland birds hunts start this month. So we will be behind the hunting dogs soon. This is Nova’s first season, I am sure she will do fine. Always fun to have a new dog on the ranch. Later…… Randy

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

The Fire Department had  our brisket feed today.  A great turnout. Our thanks to all the people who came to support Nisland-Arpan Fire & Rescue.  Every year it has just gotten better. Already planning for the next one! Later….. Randy

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

One day seems the same as the next. Change water “sets”  for irrigation and try to get other things done inbetween. Just thankful for the water. We had enough rain to run alittle into a couple of stock dams. This will help for a few days. We could just use a toad strangler of a rain. It will come.

Our Nisland-Arpan Vol. Fire & Rescue will host our Annual beef brisket & pork loin lunch on Aug.4th 10:00 am-2:00 pm  @ the Nisland Legion Hall. Donations are welcome. Stop by, have some food and visit. Later…..  Randy

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

The summer has been hot and dry, here at the ranch. We have been busy  with irrigation, haying and our livestock.

 The fire Department has been busy with lighting fires almost daily. Helped with five different fires the other night.  All five Fire Departments were out on mutual aid calls. 

The pheasant hunting season is quickly coming upon us. We are already thinking fall and hunts. Never a dull moment. Later….. Randy

Friday, June 1st, 2012

May went by way to fast!! Rhonda and I were busy with livestock and farming all month. We had our branding on our traditional 3rd Sat of May. All went well. Calf crop has had a good start. Afternoon showers and cooler days have been nice, but we need a good rain.  Bulls have been with the heifers for a while. AI’ed some of the cows and put bulls  in the main herd today. Max planted habitat on the flats today. I worked on a water tank in the south pasture.  Later….. Randy