South Dakota Fall Waterfowl Hunts

Guided Duck and Goose Hunting

Northern Plains Outfitters, Inc. invites you to hunt with the Best! We pride ourselves on top quality South Dakota Fall Waterfowl Hunts throughout beautiful Northeastern South Dakota.

Region & Flyway: Northeast South Dakota has some of the best Waterfowl Hunting anywhere and we invite you to spend some time with the Waterfowl Experts at Northern Plains Outfitters, Inc. You won’t be disappointed.

Decoy Spreads: With our large decoy spreads, we are sure to have the birds well within shooting range for you to bag your limit. The majority of the Hunting is done from Avery and Tanglefree Layout Blinds which are extremely comfortable even in the most harsh conditions.

Season: The season runs from the end of September through early December with the main migration rolling through during the first part of November through Thanksgiving (Depending upon the weather).

License: The license is a Lottery Draw and your application is due to the Game and Fish by July 9th. Contact us for more details and help in filling out the licenses or view more waterfowl license info at the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks website.

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    Non-Resident Waterfowl License Info

    If you are applying for the Waterfowl License, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you fill out all of the information on the application correctly and completely!  If you forget something, or make a mistake, your application is void and you will be unsuccessful in the drawing.  If you have Preference Points, apply individually, if you don’t have any Preference Points, apply as a Group.  Group Application can take up to 6 applicants.  If you have more than 6 hunters, setup 2 Groups.  By applying as a Group, if one person in the Group gets drawn, all the people in that Group will get drawn.  When filling out the the application, your First Choice should be NRW-00B-86 (Statewide), and your Second Choice should be NRW-00Y-86.  Call Shannon if you have questions, 605-380-9971.

    WE HAVE AMMO – Federal Ammunition available for purchase on your hunt.



    2 Day/3 Night

    • 2 Day/3 Night – $1250/hunter
    • 3 Day/4 Night – $1875/hunter
    • 4 Day/5 Night – $2500/hunter


    Hunters arrive after 3:00pm day before hunt
    Departure after the hunt on last day unless arranged
    If Adding Waterfowl Hunts to your Pheasant Hunt, Contact Shannon for Rates and Details


    September – December – Weather Permitting
    6 Daily Bird Limit for Ducks


    • Hunt
    • Lodging – Food
    • Guides – Decoys – Blinds (Pit, A-Frames, Layouts)
    • Cleaning Birds

    Not Included:

    • License
    • Shotgun Shells
    • South Dakota State Sales Tax
    • Staff Gratuities

    *Non-shooting guest rate $200/per night
    *To secure your hunt dates Northern Plains Outfitters requires a 50% deposit. Deposits are non-refundable.


    Our Waterfowl Hunts

    Northern Plains provides all decoys, blinds, callers, etc. Also provided with our hunts is lodging. Very few South Dakota snow goose operations provide lodging and it is an additional cost to you. We provide lodging and it is included the cost of your hunt when chosen. You can stay in 1 of 5 very nice lodges based on the size of your group. Our comfortable lodging makes your time away from the field very comfortable. By offering lodging, you don’t have to worry about where you are going to stay, how much it is going to cost, is the motel full, etc. We have it covered!

    Prairie Pothole Region

    Being a draw or lottery system in South Dakota to hunt ducks or geese in the fall, we encourage our hunters to apply for this license. As being located in the Prairie Pothole region of Northeastern South Dakota. Northern Plains Outfitters has some great opportunities to place you in some extraordinary waterfowl hunting. From the sloughs and waterways filled with Gadwell, Widgeon and Teal. To the harvested cornfields full of Mallards and Pintails. Check out some of the best waterfowl migrating through the area this fall at Northern Plains Outfitters!

    Decoys – The decoys in our spreads are almost exclusively White Rock Decoys as well as Avery Full Bodies as they are the BEST ON THE MARKET! Normally all decoy spreads are setup and ready before your arrival but it if there is an unexpected move we need to make, we appreciate help in resetting the spread.

    Blinds – Our blinds are Avery and Tanglefree Layouts.  We use only the most comfortable blinds on the market today.


    What to Bring on your Waterfowl Hunt

    Face Cover-Up

    Each hunter is required to have either a face mask or facepaint to take the glare off. Birds will flare off of someone who isn’t wearing a mask or cover up.


    The weather varies greatly this time of year. Last year we had days in the 80’s and later that week it dipped down to the 30’s. The best suggestion is to layer your clothing so it is easy to shed if the temperature rises. We also suggest gloves, hats, rubber boots, and even waders. The South Dakota waterfowl hunts can be a very wet, muddy place and you want to stay as dry as possible.


    We suggest a 12 Gauge that is capable of shooting 3” and 3 ½” shells. Please plan 2 boxes of shells for each day of your hunt. If you run out or forget shells, we have shells at the lodge that you can purchase for the same price you can get them at Walmart or any other sporting hoods store. The best shot size is 2’s, BB’s, and BBB’s with a decently heavy pellet. Winchester XPert waterfowl loads, with 1 1/8oz. shot doesn’t cut it. We do recommend shooting quality shells. Don’t buy the cheapest shells you can. It is all relative, you can buy cheap shells, that kill less birds, therefore you have to buy more cheap shells or you can buy quality shells, shoot less of them, and kill more birds. It sounds silly but we have proven it over the years.

    Snacks in the field

    It is possible that you will spend all day in the field and we suggest you pack your lunch, bring snacks, beverages, etc.

    Just returned from my third hunt in three years with Northern Plains…..and next year I will be back! Great hospitality and fantastic hunting.! The whole team at Northern Plains gets client care and they all go out of their way to provide a 5 Star experience. My advice, book your hunt now.” –  Marty Cullen

    Will Davis
    Will Davis
    22:23 29 Dec 23
    Northern Plains Outfitters is top notch. I have hunted with many outfitters all over the nation and have to say Shannon and his guides are amount the best we have hunted with. I highly recommend you come check them out if you get the opportunity to.
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