This area of northwest South Dakota and southwest North Dakota offer some of the best hunting opportunity in the midwest.
In most all areas there is good pheasant, grouse and partridge hunting which is allowed on many farms and ranches by only asking to get permission. There is also some fee hunting in various areas. Also, in South Dakota there is over 17,000 acres of public lands in the Shadehill Reservoir area (13 mi. south of Lemmon) which is open to public hunting. There is also a Turkey and Canadian goose season in South Dakota with good hunting around the Shadehill Reservoir.
Big game species including whitetail, mule deer and antelope also inhabit most areas in both states and it is fairly easy to get drawn for a permit. Many of the ranchers will also grant permission for hunting these species. There is the Grand River and Cedar River National Grasslands comprising more than 161,000 acres of public lands interspersed with approximately 46,000 acres of private land in Sioux County, ND and Perkins, Corson, and Ziebach Counties, SD. These National Grasslands are administered by the Grand River Ranger District of the Custer National Forest. The District office is located in Lemmon, SD. These lands are open to public hunting and are managed for game production.
There is also varmit and predator hunting opportunity with species such as bobcat, coyote, fox, badger and prairie dog. There are two different clubs sponsoring coyote/fox hunting/calling contests each February in the immediate area.