Prairie Smoke Ranch
A Classic Duck Camp Experience 
Setting the blocks
The year 2018 represents our 17th year of operation here at Prairie Smoke Ranch. While many businesses last just a year or two, we’ve been at it a long time. We are waterfowlers – wool sock, leaky wader, wet butt, numb finger, boat sleeping, dog training, soggy sandwich waterfowlers. As kids, we fought over Herter’s catalogs, the one Jon-E handwarmer owned by our family and the last piece of duck in the roaster.

For nearly 50 years now, we have been waterfowlers.

Over the years we have experienced blizzards and 85 degree days while hunting. We’ve seen hundreds of hunters and dogs come and go. We’ve shot limits and been blanked. Wore out a few trucks and rowboats. And we’ve gotten older and lost a step or two along the way.

But the roots of our success have stayed the same – safe, clean, comfortable, affordable family-friendly accommodations and atmosphere, exclusive on-site access to our acreage, and furthering the traditions of hunting, dog work and the pursuit of game with respect and admiration. Our birds are all wild, as is the landscape and our waterways where the birds were hatched and fledged. This is hunting – the way you remember it.

Our hunts are considered “self-guided” in that you hunt where and how you want. We provide the blinds and decoys and exclusive waterways to put you on birds. Rather than chase birds, we have them come to us. There are plenty of locations around us to hunt as well. It’s a mix that has kept our hunters in birds for nearly two decades.

We are located in the hills of the Missouri (River) Coteau, in North Dakota Prairie Pothole country--simply the last best place for duck hunting in the Northern Plains. You will NOT harvest a greater variety of waterfowl anywhere in North America than right here at Prairie Smoke Ranch.  Our record is 13 species in the cleaning shed after a single morning's hunt.

Come join us, bring friends and a dog or two and make some memories.

Classic big water diver hunts, pothole puddlers and
jump shooting – we’ve got a bit of everything.

Our 870 rolling acres contain lakes and wetlands ranging in size from 1 to 60 acres. Prairie Smoke Ranch is a family-owned working ranch managed for waterfowl and upland game production. At last count we attracted 17 species of ducks, snow, Canada and whitefront geese, tundra swans, sandhill cranes, doves, ring-necked pheasants, sharptail grouse, Hungarian partridge and white-tailed deer (plus the occasional mule deer, moose and elk). Dozens of non-game species also call the ranch home.

"You will NOT harvest a greater variety of waterfowl anywhere in
North America than right here at Prairie Smoke Ranch."
On-site lodging in private bunkhouses and private bathroom 
Exclusive access to all ranch property --- 20+ sloughs/lakes 
All blinds and decoys provided 
Heated mudroom with wader hangers and outlets
Full kitchen and BBQ grill w/propane
Indoor game cleaning facility with freezers, power plucker, bird breaster
Trap throwers/rifle shooting bench
License labels for your birds
24/7 on-site support 

Guides/dogs (*included in 2018 youth hunt)

Nonresident Hunters Welcome!

Excerpt from this issue of the Prairie Pothole Journal
"When will we run out of northern birds?"