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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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115 of 115(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
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5 / 5
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A Memorable Experience,
October 23, 2014
By: O9XX
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"Every aspect of your stay at Paul Nelson Farm is genuinely First Class."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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First Rate,
October 22, 2014
By: jcv29449
from New York
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"I and other members of my group have been coming to PNF for 19 straight years, and we expext to continue to do so. That says it all."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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Superb Pheasant Hunting Experience,
October 20, 2014
By: Bubba3
from Katy, TX, USA
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"From the time that you arrive at the Paul Nelson Farm until you leave,the entire experience is superb. The hospitality that is shown by the Nelson family and staff is sincere and genuine. The lodge is so well thought out and laid out in the way that it flows from one agenda to the next. The locker and gun cleaning area, dining, pro shop, self serve bars,lodging,cigar room, and lounge areas are superb.
There is the pheasant hunting with professional guides handling well trained dogs in fields that are well planned and laid out. Truly a wing shooters dream. The pheasant and chukar hunting is 5 Star Superb. Doesn't get any better than the Paul Nelson Farm."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Awesome Place,
October 16, 2014
By: Mike59
from OKC
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"This family owned and operated venue has found the right mix between casual comfort and first class amenities. Safety emphasis is excellent. Guides are very well trained as are the dogs. Food is very good and the Nelson family are simply charming. This is a must do experience for the motivated pheasant hunter,"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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First Class Wingshooting,
October 8, 2014
By: CLAG
from Houston, TX, USA
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"This was my first pheasant hunting experience and the Nelson family made it incredible. From the time you arrive it feels like a second home and family. The guides were very helpful and our group enjoyed their services & company throughout the trip. Our time in the lodge was relaxing as they have made sure everything you could possibly need is readily available. The Nelson family genuinely cares about each hunter's experience and they are gracious hosts. The birds were plentiful."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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What an experience!,
October 7, 2014
By: LRusso
from Houston, TX, USA
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Additional Thoughts:All the guides excellent and friendly
"I just finished my third visit to Paul Nelson Farm. Absolutely outstanding in every aspect. Hunting, Lodging and Dining. Paul, Cheryl, Erik and Tammy instantly make you feel at home. The staff and guides are excellent!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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Fantastic Outing,
October 6, 2014
By: Shotslinger
from Louisville, KY, USA
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"I had the privilege to be invited as a guest to hunt Paul Nelson Farms. One word best sums it up....Unbelievable!!! The food, the accommodations, the lodging, the hospitality, and of course....the hunting! An all around fantastic outing and experience."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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Always Well Done,
October 6, 2014
By: Hal1
from Overland Park, KS, USA
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"This was my 16th year at the farm and just as terrific as past years. Always a first class experience and our invited clients have wonderful comments about their time at the farm."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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5 / 5
As Good As It Gets,
September 29, 2014
By: Birdshooter
from Dallas, TX
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"The Nelsons take exceptional care of their guests. They treat you like family, call you by name, are flexible with special requests and dedicate themselves to seeing that you enjoy and upland bird hunt of grand proportion. The facilities are outstanding, the staff is consistent, highly skilled and helpful, and there are no dropped balls. If you do not enjoy this immensely, you would be in a VERY small minority."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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Memorable,
September 29, 2014
By: MSUBulldawg
from Houston, Tx
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"PNF provides a great place to hunt and also a great place to escape thinking about the day-to-day to refresh the mind. Whatever you might do before or after the hunt gets blocked out by the focus the family and the team places on making sure its a great experience without hassle or trouble. I'd been before and will come again."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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great trip,
September 25, 2014
By: HSHACK
from Memphis, TN, USA
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"once again in my 12 years of being able to visit the Paul Nelson farm it was awesome. The staff is great, seeing the same faces over and over again is refreshing. First class operation."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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Best-in-Class Experience,
September 22, 2014
By: GeraldM
from Dallas, TX, USA
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"First class experience at every level! Great birds, guides and dogs, as well as unbeatable accommodations, food and wines. Gracious hosts."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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Pheasant Heaven,
September 22, 2014
By: Bubba123
from Houston, TX
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"In my 50 plus years of hunting the Paul Nelson Farm is by far the best pheasant hunting facility in the US. In addition, the lodging and the dining are excellent and the gracious staff made for a wonderful memory."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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September Phesants,
September 21, 2014
By: schlarry
from Alberta, Canada
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"Wow - Not much more to say, all first class personable service, like a 5 star hotel with better pheasant hunting than you could imagine. Great people, great dogs, great location, great food and to top it off the weather was wonderful as well (I am assuming Paul and Eric had nothing to do with that."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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A Lifetime of Pheasent Hunting in 3 Days,
September 19, 2014
By: Solocanoe63
from Calgary, AB, Canada
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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 17 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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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 18 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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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
"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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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 20 for Paul Nelson Farm, SD
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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