I have experienced many destinations throughout our country. South Dakota has always been one of my favorite destinations as I feel it is truly one of this country’s last frontiers when it comes to the abundance of wildlife. I have experienced Brown’s Hunting Ranch on more than one occasion. They have that “last frontier experience” that every outdoorsman should experience.
Minnesota Viking Great & NFL Hall Of Fame Head Coach
“Brown’s Hunting Ranch offers an incredible upscale experience for multi-species fishing, plus a wide variety of hunting opportunities. Walleye fishing is excellent, and the smallmouth bass fishery is virtually untapped! The upland game and big game hunting are world-class in every respect, and the scenery is magnificent. Accommodations are first-class; the attention to details is obvious as well–Jim and the guides make sure every guest is well-cared for with personal attention.
The Brown family has created a true gem on the South Dakota prairie that every outdoor enthusiast can enjoy. I can’t recommend Brown’s Hunting Ranch more highly.” Roger Cormier, Co-Host, MidWest Outdoors Television
I want to share with you the experience that my father and I experienced at Browns Hunting Ranch. When we arrived at the main lodge we were treated with a spectactular view overlooking the Missouri River “Lake Oahe” and the incredible South Dakota Prairie, leaving us with high expectations for the rest of our trip. Browns Hunting Ranch staff did not let us down.
I have traveled allot in my lifetime and this is a five star lodge with cabins that will make many hotels jealous. The hunting was excellent from the first moment we got out of the truck. There is such a abundance of game, outstanding guides and bird dogs.
Browns Hunting Ranch does everything to make your stay enjoyable, comfortable and pleasurable. The incredible food the ladies prepare for you in the kitchen will make you gain weight during your stay if you are not careful! Brown’s Hunting Ranch is a first class operation in all aspects. This is a place where you are not just a client, you feel like you are a member of the family or friends while you are staying with them. I highly recommend Browns Hunting Ranch to everyone, regardless of your age or capabilities.
What a wonderful time we had last week! The trip home went fine, and we got Brad moved into his place on Saturday night. We have very fond memories of our time spent on Brown’s hunting ranch, and look forward to the opportunity to return. Thanks again, for all your efforts in making our trip a special time! The fellowship, food, prairie dog hunting and fishing were all fantastic with the smallmouth walleye bite being extra, extra, extraordinary.
Looking forward to coming next year!
Your New Friends,
Doug and Brad Dubink
Just wanted to drop a quick note to thank you and the Brown family for a fantastic time at your ranch. Everything was first class all the way, and we enjoyed the hell out of ourselves!
Looking forward to the continued development of the business relationship between Shimano, G. Loomis, Kent Cartridge, Dogtra, and Webley. Please let me know how I can be of further assistance to you, or the Brown family.
Please thank Hank for me as well, and let him know we appreciated all his help.
The Don Coffey Company
The accommodations are first class. The food, the view from the lodge overlooking the river and the vast amount of prairie land are amazing. This is a special place. Thank you for having us and being involved with Browns Hunting Ranch!
Regional Sales Manager
Legacy Sports International
Just wanted to let you know I had a great time the last three days. Great facilities, great food, lots of new friends and hard hunting. Pheasant hunting is my number one passion in life and I have been doing it since I was 12 when I started hunting with my dad. I know you were busting your butt to get us more birds but you were fighting elements and the conditions. I appreciate everything you did. Please tell Sandy that I feel bad because I didn’t get to say goodbye to him one on one. You’ve got a great operation. Have a great Thanksgiving.
I have been truly blessed in my life in being able to hunt all over Canada, the US and several countries in Africa. I have experienced all types of camps and lodges that range from the most spartan tent camp to five star accommodations. Throughout my life, I have passed through S. Dakota many times on my way to other hunting destinations, but had not had the good fortune to experience her graces.
My good friend Kim and I visited Browns Hunting Ranch last December 2011 and had the bird hunt of our lives! Along with the incredible bird hunting were able to see incredible amounts of other wildlife and some incredible country I have ever seen. Their lodge was just the right combination of rustic and luxury.
I think this excerpt from my journal tells a lot…….I am getting a sore neck. I don’t know where to look next. On one side of a coolie there is a Coyote chasing a Jack Rabbit. Ring Neck Pheasants filling the creek bottoms, coveys of Sharp-Tails and Hungarian Partridge and unbelievable groups of different species of animals are in sight. Along with shooting our limits of pheasants and sharptails, we have seen some Giant Mule Deer, over two hundred whitetails (one in particular which may easily exceed the 180 inch range), probably over seventy to eighty pronghorns,coyotes as big as wolves.
We experienced this each day, all this, while overlooking some of the most beautiful western prairie country I have ever experienced. My hunting companion on this hunt Kim, made a funny comment while we were looking at several groups of whitetails and a heard of Pronghorn Antelope. He exclaimed “so this is where the deer and the antelope play”.
We had a great time hunting at Browns and am sure to return to Brown’s Hunting Ranch.
All my best,
Mike Egan , Winnipeg, Manitoba
I wanted to write you long ago with a short note on how much I enjoyed my stay at the Brown’s Hunting Ranch. The rooms are extremely cozy and delighfully rustic. The beds are huge! …Meals, thanks to you, are just great. Simple cuisine done very well, the perfect comfort food after a succeesful day hunting in the western prairie, which was every day. The area and land is just spectacular.
The Hunting…..well the best way to say it, is it felt like we were the very first hunters on all property areas we had seen, couldn’t believe the number of birds in some of the areas, not to mention the antelope and deer! My hunting partner is still laughing telling the story of when you flushed no less than 20 roosters and upon your announcing”Rooster”instead of shooting I asked Which one?….Now that’s a lot of birds. Just great memories…can’t wait to come to Brown’s again.
Reece, here are my recollections and impressions from our three days we spent at Browns Hunting Ranch. Normally I would avoid being a guinea pig in someone’s “inaugaral season” but my good friend Steve Grossman, with whom I’ve hunted with for 20+ years in Minnesota told me; “that I just have to see what the Brown Family is putting together in South Dakota.” I have hunted Ruffed Grouse with Steve at his grouse camp in Staples, Minnesota every year since 1989. I have considerable trust in him and his knowledge, so I told him that I was in for a three day hunt. As usual he was exactley right about the operation.
My farm manager Todd Elder, and I spent three days in Gettysburg, South Dakota with Steve at Browns hunting all wild pheasants, sharptails, hungarian partridge and ducks. Although South Dakota has a wonderful reputation for hunting pheasants, quite frankly I would not travel all the way to South Dakota to hunt and shoot three roosters a day. However, one of the very unique characteristics of Brown’s Hunting Ranch is the opportunity to hunt waterfowl in the morning or afternoon (we did both) and also have the ability to hunt a double limit of upland game birds also. Having both deeded land and tribal land allowed us to take double limits of upland pheasants and sharptails with some hungarian partridge thrown in for good measure.
On the duck front, we shot mallards. lots of blue & green winged teal, canvasback, buffleheads, bluebills, ringbills over the course of three days. The number of waterfowl defied belief. I never will forget seeing and hearing wave after wave of ducks, geese and sandhill cranes getting off the slough at sunset to feed in the nearby fields.
Seeing and experiencing the Brown’s farming operation would have been worth the price of admission in its self. And the enormous side benefit from a wildlife standpoint is that miles upon miles of spent grain surrounded by the coulee’s and grass throughout their farming practices. These coulees are the exact perfect havens for incredible numbers of wild pheasants and sharptail grouse, hungarian partridge. With that being said, the upland bird hunting over great dogs was sensational each and every day, Steve and his dogs are worth the trip all by themselves.
The Brown’s new individual log cabins suites and dining lodge facility overlooking Lake Oahe are first rate in every regard. The evening social’s and dinner topped off the day! Both the accomedations and the cuisine were absolutely terrific. An added plus was actually seeing and meeting Reece Brown over dinner. Their interest, involvement and committment with their new operation insures that eveything at Brown’s Hunting Ranch will be done in a first class manner. It really is a destination for discriminating sportsmen.
Our overall experience, exceeded our high expectations in every regard.
John H. Mullin III
Ridgeway Farm LLC. , Virginia
I heard about Browns while at a hunting lodge about 3 years ago, the all wild bird bird hunts intrigued me. My friend Steve and I along with my son had the very first opportunity to do The Brown’s “Signature Hunt.” We spent three days on their ranch in Montana and three days on their ranch in South Dakota. This is truly a incredible 7 days of world class upland bird hunting. Their passion and fellowship makes you feel like you are out with old friends the entire time your in the field and in the lodge.
In Montana, we covered vast amounts of land with the dogs furiously working the land for covey’s sharp-tails, sage grouse, Hungarians and pheasants with snow capped mountains surrounding you, its a unbelievable setting. The hunting in Montana can be a bit challenging physically, with the steep coulees and altitude. But the rewards are even more rewarding with the great dog work and challenging marksmanship. After three incredible days in Montana we drove five hours to the Browns South Dakota Ranch where we were able to harvest even more sharp-tails/prairie chickens/Hungarians/pheasants. Having that much land and having the ability to lease your neighbors tribal land sets up a bird hunters paradise. Being able to hunt additional wild birds with the tribal land is a home-run! It is such a hit that I came back a second time last year.
The accommodations, the way they hunt game, their farming practices, the food, the bar, the entire team and the Brown’s Family are first class. We had a great experience with Brown’s Hunting Ranch first year and look forward to building a long lasting relationship for many more hunting years, it’s a true sportsmans destination.
CEO, President, Verifications, Inc
Thanks for our recent phenomenal stay with you at Brown’s Hunting Ranch. As I told you in person on our 4 day hunt, if you had described what I experienced there over the phone to me before my arrival, I wouldn’t have believed you. We saw thousands of wild birds and limited everyday. It was pure magic. You certainly have the habitat and the birds!
What you have there equally important is the feel of the ranch and the quality of the guides. I felt at home in a beautiful comfortable cabin. You guys worked hard for us in the field and hard for us back at the ranch. I will be back next year and every year I am capable. Thanks for the experience and the friendship.
Tracy Baker MD FACS
Just a quick note to say thanks a bunch for the incredible, spectacular, enjoyable hunting experience. I didn’t know places like West River and even East River existed anymore. I felt like we had stepped back in time to the days when “The Son of Morning Star” (Custer) was roaming the Dakota Territory. To see so many different game birds in one trip is just simply amazing and those roosters are as big and hardy as I have ever seen!….got to hit them in the head to knock them down, but catching up to them isn’t real easy.
We will definitely be back next year, but I think I will have a camera around my neck too, just to document the size of those deer and coyotes along with the magnificent sunsets
Patrick J. Smith
President American National Bank
I have had the opportunity to experience Brown’s Hunting Ranch properties over the past few years. I am a amateur bird hunter at best, and was invited to come and experience true upland hunting in South Dakota. Not knowing the sport very well, they guided me and taught me allot in the field, made me feel really comfortable and I had such a incredible experience. He made my experience in South Dakota a special time. The landscape and the wildlife is truly unbelievable! Everwhere you look there is wildlife and the views on all the land and the Missouri River are just stunning, what an incredible destination..
Lakes State Bank
Thank you so much for such a great trip…we loved your place. It is very comfortable, the food was awesome and the bar is Top Notch, and the dog hunting was great! Please pencil us (3) in for next year same time frame . Say HI and thank Lyle and his family also….just landed in Canada an hour ago…will be here for 6 weeks!!! Take care and again, thanks for everything it was great…you do a hell of a job!
The prairie dog hunting and fishing was a blast, the food and lodging was incredible. Thanks for a great time the past three days! Really enjoyed myself.
The natural beauty of the land along with the hunting and fishing is incredible. Food and lodging is great! We are bringing more guys out next year!
SCI Chicago Board Member
We had a great time Prairie Dog hunting, probably some of the best hunting we have ever had! Including the lodging and the food. The property that we scene was incredible! We will be back same time next year!
Minnesota SCI Board Member
This has been one of the best Prairie Dog Hunts I have been on in over ten years. Lots of towns, plenty of dogs, the land is incredible, the staff were great, the lodging was great, and the food was great, especially the pheasant in cream sauce! The trip was certainly a lot of fun and we’ll always remember the chair that tried to climb under Ryan’s truck! Ryan and I are looking to be back again next year.
Cabelas Senior Director Of Operations Canada