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Paul Nelson Farm, SD

For nearly three-quarters of a century, the Nelson family has farmed and ranched the countryside of north central South Dakota, near Gettysburg, South Dakota. In 1992, the Nelsons began hosting pheasant hunters, as they pioneered habitat management to enhance bird populations. Today Paul Nelson Farm is known worldwide for its extraordinary wingshooting hunts. Located in the heart of pheasant country, the 12,000-acre farm is sustainably managed to harvest both crops...and birds. Guests can choose between accommodations in the Main Lodge, the Buffalo Suites, or the resplendent King Lodge. With unforgettable menus, unrivaled hunting, and an uncommon passion for genial hospitality, the Paul Nelson Farm experience is one like no other.
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101 of 101(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
Review 1 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Excellent time at PNF!,
October 8, 2012
By: Birdkiller1208
from Houston, TX, USA
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5 / 5
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"I wasn't sure what to expect before visiting PNF. It was outstanding! The hunting, guides, dog work, food, and hospitality is unmatched in this genre. I will certainly return. The one issue I had was...I wanted to stay extra days but had to go back to work."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A Lifetime of Pheasent Hunting in 3 Days,
September 19, 2014
By: Solocanoe63
from Calgary, AB, Canada
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5 / 5
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"The hunting was outstanding - the birds are so plentiful that you can get a lifetime of pheasent hunting in 3 days. But what makes this lodge so special is the ownership and staff - they truly care about the client's expereince. And finally, the accomodations and meals are second to none."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Another Perfect Hunt,
September 19, 2014
By: Jimmy43
from Houston, TX, USA
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"I have been to Paul Nelson Farm for the last four years and it continues to be the highlight of my hunting season. Plentiful birds, top notch guides, and no detail is unattended. Can't say enough about the overall experience."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Winter Wonderful,
January 2, 2014
By: JPEG
from Saline, MI, USA
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"The only thing that was better than the outstanding bird hunts was the comfort and grace of the Nelson family.
This was a memorable outing
JP
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Gold Standard of Pheasant Hunting,
December 21, 2013
By: Labrador77
from Tecumseh, MI 49286, USA
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"Incredible lodge, incredible guides, birds and waitstaff. I have hunted and fished from Alaska to South America as well as hunting Pheasants in 8 States, PNF is truly the "Gold Standard" of Pheasant Hunting.
The best of the best!
"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best Lodge in the State,
December 17, 2013
By: beeperr
from Pierre, SD
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"There are a lot of great lodges in the state, but none have the complete package the Nelson's have put together here.
PNF has a lot of perfect cover to hunt, including row crops, trees and cat tails. The guides are knowledgeable, professional and fun! Hunting in an unseasonably cold December, the walks were short enough and the bus was warm enough between walks, the cold was not even noticed. Safety was always top of mind, and PNF did a good job of making sure we were safe without taking the fun out of the hunt.
Besides having some of the best pheasant hunting in the country, it has unparalleled lodging. I'm not going to try and explain the opportunities guests have to "entertain" themselves while they're not hunting.
Finally - and perhaps most importantly - from a hospitality standpoint, the lodge is ridiculous. Not only do Paul and Erik greet customers personally, but Cheryl will actually play her harp for guests during some evenings. You don't want to miss it."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Exceeded My Expectations,
December 15, 2013
By: wildgator
from Orlando, FL, USA
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"This was my first trip to Paul Nelson Farm and the experience exceeded my expectations. Words and/or pictures cannot properly describe what I experienced during my 3-day hunting trip. The weather was colder than I have ever been exposed to, but that didn't put a chill on the wonderful pheasant hunting! The staff, the accomodations, the guides, the food, the Nelson's have a one of a kind magnificant resort! Yes, they call this place a farm and that doesn't do it justice. The -17 degree temperature is the only change I would request, but that's hunting you are never guaranteed perfect weather. If I had a choice to return to the farm and the weather forecast was going to be exactly the same, I would still book the trip and make the journey. I have enjoyed numerous hunting activities, spent time in some very nice facilities and this place ranks among the top FIVE I have every experienced in my life. I would recommend Paul Nelson Farm to anyone who is looking for first class accomodations and service! The food was outstanding and everything was planned to perfection. If you are fortunate to enjoy this property and all that is offered you too will be amazed by how everyone makes you feel at home."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Sub Zero Plains Hunt,
December 13, 2013
By: Riskybla
from Jacksonville, FL, USA
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"Our group spent 3.5 arctic days a Paul Nelson Farm in early December. We hunted the well designed fields and wooded habitat in temps ranging from 5 degrees to -16 degrees. The dogs were energized by the conditions and the birds were plentiful giving us a true northern plains hunting challenge."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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Over and Over and Over,
December 13, 2013
By: stags76
from South Carolina
"I have had the pleasure of going to PNF 3 times over the past 6 years. I can not express in words the experience there. Building a business is a tough job. Taking it to perfection is even tougher. Duplicating that perfection over and over year after year is truly amazing. Thanks again the Nelson family and your amazing staff."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Best of the best,
December 13, 2013
By: Bill4348
from Jacksonville, FL, USA
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Customer Appreciation Event,
December 12, 2013
By: RodAnderson77
from Columbia, SC
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5 / 5
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"Great experience for my customer appreciation event in November. I've only been hunting twice in my life, both experiences at Paul Nelson. I can't speak to what other hunting lodges do, but the experience at Paul Nelson is first class and I feel Paul Nelson is the benchmark and standard for a first class hunting experience."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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5 / 5
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Outstanding Everything!!!!,
December 12, 2013
By: Parpar
from Tennessee, USA
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"I just want to say thanks. The Experiance provided by PNF far exceeded my expectations. From the service staff, guides, dogs, food and hunting Experiance. This is the benchmark for quality hunting experiences. There was nothing wanting or a change desired during the entire hunt. Thanks again PNF, you have a jewel and I will return."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Just Like Family,
December 11, 2013
By: CFOfromOrlando
from Orlando, FL, USA
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"Besides great hunting, accomodations,and food, the Nelson family makes you feel like an old friend coming for your annual visit. It astounds me how they remeber everyone's name year to year."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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5 / 5
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Best Hunting Experience,
December 11, 2013
By: Gus1123
from St. Louis, MO, USA
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Additional Thoughts:All guides were fantastic
"I was lucky enough to be invited as a guest on a trip to PNF. It was the best hunting experience I have had. Everything was top notch and everyone from guides to staff were extra friendly and professional."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I am ruined,
December 11, 2013
By: JasonCPR
from Jacksonville, FL, USA
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Additional Thoughts:The guides were a pleasure to get to know and I hope to see them again
"The Nelson Family are the nicest family you could ever have the pleasure to meet. This was my first pheasant hunting and there is NO WAY there can be a better place or people. The Lodges, the Nelsons, the hunt, the guides, the food, the experience is one that I will never forget. Oh and the food, my goodness. Mrs. Nelson plays a harp at dinner one evening and I thought is was a CD. It is an trip that cannot be described in words, you have to experience it. We sat around Saturday night for hours trying to figure any thing they missed and we could not do it. To the Nelson Family, I would like to thank you for creating an enviroment and place that I never would believe existed. I hope I will again have the pleasure to come and visit you guys and the place again. It has been one of the most memorable times of my life. I would have put six or seven stars but I only had five to choose. If you are reading this review and have not been to meet these great people and enjoy one of the most unreal places, do not hesitate book it. Go and be blown away."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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wonderful time,
December 11, 2013
By: sportsfisher
from toano va
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Additional Thoughts:great personality
"truly a hunting trip that you wish would never end"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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Nicest Resort I have been at,
November 21, 2013
By: OSUCowboyHunter69
from Oklahoma, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Very nice and knowledgeable
"This is a top notch hunting resort. It is not for everyone due to cost, but is the best I have been at and I have seen a bunch. Resort, food, personnel, hunting experience best I have seen. Great atmosphere and hunting. Great flying birds, very good dog work and they were helpful in letting me hunt with my own dog."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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Paul Nelston Farm,
November 19, 2013
By: Reck
from Minnesota, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Were helpful, safety concious and worked hard to make it an enjoyable hunt for everyone.
"We had an enjoyable November hunt blessed by good weather, good friends and great hospitality. Great time to visit since the birds are wilder and the dogs have shaken the rust off their system."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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Can't Get Any Better,
November 18, 2013
By: O9XX
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Additional Thoughts:Professional!
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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5 / 5
Pheasant Hunting At It's Best!,
November 15, 2013
By: HuntFish1
from San Antonio, TX, USA
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"A Paul Nelson Farm pheasant hunt is like playing golf at Augusta National Golf Club. Both are the finest.
The facilities, food, fellowship and the Paul Nelson family and employee's could not have been better.
This was my third time and it won't be my last.
"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes