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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.
Average Customer Rating:
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135 of 135(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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"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
Exceeded expectations!,
November 21, 2014
By: RandysRebel1953
from Liberty, TX
"This was my first trip to South Dakota and my first Pheasant hunting experience. It is hard to imagine a finer setting, a more professional and friendly staff, or a more prolific hunting experience than what you'll find at The Paul Nelson Farm. I was expecially impressed with the warm hospitality of the Nelson family. My four days there were everything I expected...and more."
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
Outstanding Winter Hunt,
November 20, 2014
By: Fly2Shoot
from Houston, TX, USA
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5 / 5
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"This was my third trip to PNF. We hunted three days in temperatures from minus three to nineteen degrees on snow covered ground. I could not believe how well we did under those conditions. More birds and more good shots than I ever would have expected. The guides were excellent and the lodging and food were five star as usual. Another fantastic hunt."
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
Best Experience Ever!,
November 19, 2014
By: 7SRanch
from Dayton, TX, USA
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"I have traveled all over the world, both for hunting and for business. Nothing compares to the accommodations, food, hunting and overall experience. It is the best place, no question."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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5 / 5
It simply can't be a better experince.,
November 19, 2014
By: O9XX
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"Absolutely first class in every respect."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Awesome once again,
November 19, 2014
By: RandysRebel7
from Houston, TX
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5 / 5
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"5th time at the Paul Nelson Farm and still the best. Guides are great; dogs are great; food & wine is great. One of the highlights of my year"
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
Great Hunt,
November 19, 2014
By: SteveFord
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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"the best pheasant hunt and facility that I have ever visited"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
October Pheasant Hunting,
November 17, 2014
By: CharlieCDe
from Wilmington, DE, USA
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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"Outstanding. I was a first time visitor who had not shot much (actually it had been years). The staff was great in helping me re-develop the ability to aim. Out in the field, the experience was first class. The dogs and guides were the best. Meals were well prepared and delicious. I could go on and on. As an aside, I'm also a runner, and running in the morning dawn was very peaceful with the Pheasants in the fields, the sun coming up. Great way to start a new day."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Pheasant t Hunting at its best,
November 10, 2014
By: MichaelP
from St Louis, MO, USA
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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"I have had the pleasure to stay at the amazing Paul Nelson Farm (PNF) and enjoy Pheasant Hunting at its best for the third time this year. As always, I was totally impressed and pleased with the accommodations and just astonished with the overall layout of the PNF.
The ownership and staff at PNF, who are second to none, did it again by making my visit very enjoyable and rewarding. Wait until you see the recent renovations done to the PNF lodge….a job well done resulting in a remarkable and beautiful look inside and outside the lodge. Your room will always have all the comforts of home and their devoted staff continues to be gracious and accommodating of all your needs.
The PNF also has the best and most knowledgeable and friendly guides, who will make your Pheasant Hunting experience very enjoyable and successful…..and their dogs are just outstanding, as they always perform their best to please and they do. Also, be ready to shoot some Pheasants, because their plentiful at the PNF.
The delicious meals served three times a day are simply exceptional ….you never walk away hungry, only satisfied. My hat is off again to the PNF cooks and staff for a job well done. The Prime Rib night is one of my favorite meals. You will enjoy a nice relaxing dinner while being serenaded by Cheryl with beautiful and soothing music while playing her harp. Great time!
Thanks again Paul and Cheryl, Erik and Tammy for your gracious and warm hospitality and for making my third trip to the PNF another memorable and enjoyable experience……I look forward to my return trip to the PNF in 2016.
"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Prarie Pheasant Bonanza,
November 6, 2014
By: Riskybla
from Jacksonville, FL, USA
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Additional Thoughts:All well qualified and knowledgable
"I am a multiple repeat customer at Paul Nelson Farms and have never been disappointed with any part of the experience. It is a well run operation from top to bottom. I have and will continue to recommend PNF to my friends who are looking for a top notch hunt and a quality experience."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Hunt,
November 5, 2014
By: Stevek1911
from Asheville, NC
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5 / 5
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"Just got back from a great hunt at Paul Nelson Farm. I have been there many times and it is always a wonderful experience. The facilities are world-class. The Nelson family and the staff are always welcoming and accommodating. The guides and dogs are the very best. If you enjoy bird hunting, Paul Nelson Farm is the place to go. They even arranged great weather..."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Terrific Hunt!,
November 5, 2014
By: Steverl
from Fairfax, VA, USA
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"As it has always been over the years, just a first class operation that keeps getting better each year. The Nelson's truly go out of their way to may you feel welcome and a part of their family. Wish I was still there."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
First Class Fun,
November 5, 2014
By: BenHinson
from Jacksonville, FL, USA
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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"This was my first pheasant hunting experience and the entire operation was top shelf. I had been on very nice quail and dove hunts in the past and my expectations were based on my past experiences. Paul Nelson Farms exceeded every expectation I had by a large margin. The lodge is truly 5 star, with superb accommodations, gathering areas and entertainment areas. The dining and food were equally spectacular. The staff were exceptional. From your first introduction to each staff member to the time you leave, you will be called by your first name (they have great memories) and they take personal satisfaction in making sure that you are enjoying the entire experience. The actual hunting experience is out of this world. The property is absolutely beautiful, the landscape is meticulously planned and executed for superb bird habitat and hunting. The guides were courteous, knowledgeable and treated the entire experience as if it were their own. One of the greatest pleasures of my time spent at Paul Nelson Farm was watching the well trained dogs exercise their craft, they were absolutely superb. The only complaint that I could possibly offer would be that, upon my departure, my shoulder was sore from shooting so many birds and my face muscles were sore from smiling for 3 days straight!!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A Life Experience,
November 4, 2014
By: RBRK
from Philadelphia, PA, USA
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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"This was my second hunt at PNF. It was great to be back and this outfit remains beyond first class in every way. My group included youth beginners, as well as crack shot veterans, and everyone in between. The hunts were the same for us all - challenging, invigorating, exciting and rewarding. I'm lucky to have been a part of it all. Hopefully, you will be too."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Amazing Experience,
November 4, 2014
By: amwil0606
from South Carolina, USA
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"I am not an avid hunter, but you don't have to be to get a lot out of this experience. It was relaxing and cathartic. I loved that there was not a paved road for miles and I felt like I was a kid at summer camp again. The staff/Nelson family could not have not been nicer or more professional. The food was out of this world and scenery was amazing. The hunts were fun and relaxing. I hope to return again in the near future."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Another fabulous year at Paul Nelson's,
November 4, 2014
By: LoveToHunrt
from Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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"This was my 6th or 7th year hunting at Paul Nelson Farm ... and, like all the years prior, the experience was nothing short of fantastic. Great hunting, fabulous dogs, wonderful food, accommodations breathtaking, and outstanding hosts ... Come try it ... you will not be disappointed!!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best Lodge Ever,
November 4, 2014
By: MarkJM
from Sacramento, CA, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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"Great pheasant hunting, great food, great hospitality...all hosted by a great American family. If you love to hunt...even if you've never hunted...this is your place. Expert guides, great dogs, and a friendly atmosphere."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Outstanding,
November 4, 2014
By: TCarlson
from Washington, DC, USA
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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"Overall the best hunting lodge I've been to. Everything, from the dogs to the food to the shooting, is terrific. I can't recommend it more highly."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best Hunt Ever,
November 3, 2014
By: lovetohunt
from Houston, TX, USA
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"The best wing shooting experience bar none. From accommodations to hosts, to hunting experience, all first class."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Bucket List Pheasants,
October 28, 2014
By: FHG49
from Houston, TX
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5 / 5
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Additional Thoughts:Experienced and Professional
"Recently took the opportunity to return to Paul Nelson Farm with an old hunting companion. This was a follow-up trip to visits we used to make there over 15 years ago. We were pleasantly surprised to find that Paul and his staff had found a way improve even more on their top of the line experience in terms of lodging, food, atmosphere and friendliness. A hunt here is definitely a bucket list quality experience as no one does it better."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes