An Important Note About Conservation at Prairie Smoke Ranch
Because of our location (in the most productive waterfowl breeding and migration area of North America), the weather, and just plain old good luck and good shooting, we have been fortunate to experience some fantastic waterfowl and upland game hunting over the years. We have managed our property toward maximizing spring waterfowl production via rotational grazing, delayed haying, and invasive species and predator control. We have also established refuge areas on our property to allow migrating waterfowl rest areas in the fall. While we realize most of the waterfowl we produce will leave our property -- that's okay. As landowners we recognize we are stewards of a tiny but important part of the nation's waterfowl breeding grounds, and as such we have an obligation to manage this property responsibly. Whenever possible in our ranch operation, we have sided with wildlife.
"I love coming out to Prairie Smoke and hunting your part of the country. I would be lying if I said I love it because of all the ducks we shoot since hunting is hunting; there is an element of luck and timing. You’re not going to be shooting your limit and have smoking hot barrels every time you go out to hunt; that’s a bonus. I love the prairie, the views, the wildlife, the yipping coyotes at night, the opportunity to see the “live” National Geographic migration of thousands of geese and cranes that most people only see on TV, and the hunting; even when it isn’t good.
The great thing about your area is even when ducks aren’t plentiful and dive bombing the decoys, there is plenty of opportunity to do some real hunting and start implementing some strategy. The scouting, crawling across the prairie, figuring out the best place to lay and wait, jump shooting and figuring out pass shooting opportunities is when many quit, but the real fun begins. It’s always a full day of fun; water fowling in the mornings and late afternoons, going out for pheasants and sharpies in between and finishing the day in the cabins or around a bonfire with you guys and my hunting buddies right in the midst of all of it."
We also recognize that safe, ethical hunters hold the future of waterfowling in their hands. While we are hunters and enjoy a good hunt as much as anyone else, we caution our potential lessees that we will not tolerate the willful violation of any game laws, especially as related to waterfowl, and will follow-up with appropriate state and federal wildlife authorities whenever warranted. This includes the proper (legal) cleaning, storage, and transportation of game birds.
If you share our philosophy we welcome you to the ranch - if you don't, we ask that you take your business elsewhere.