"The best part about going to Prairie Smoke Ranch is the time spent with family and friends. I can drive my Dad right to a blind one day and hunt with him and or I can set him and a friend up in a blind and hunt another nearby blind with a buddy." - Greg (Minnesota) Because you have exclusive hunting access to the entire ranch, there's no need to compete with other hunting parties or rise in the middle of the night to find a good spot to hunt - and no "skybusting" or crowding. Hunt when and where you want and how you want. Our guests generally hunt waterfowl and cranes in the morning, ducks in the evening, and upland birds in the afternoon.
With over 500 acres of native prairie and a mix of hay and wildlife food plots, the 870 acres of the ranch provide ideal nesting, migration and wintering habitat for both migratory and resident gamebirds. In all, 17 species of ducks (mallard, pintail, wood-duck, gadwall, blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, cinnamon teal, widgeon, shoveler, lesser scaup, ringneck, redhead, canvasback, ruddy, bufflehead, and goldeneye) have been documented on the ranch along with tundra swans, greater and lesser Canada geese, snow and blue and whitefront geese, and dozens of other shorebirds and upland birds.
We offer excellent opportunities for both puddle ducks and divers. Most hunting is done from hip boots or waders - and most ponds are shallow and have hard bottoms, so getting around is quick and easy. Both waterfowl and upland bird hunting is available within a few minutes walking distance of your vehicle. We recommend guests bring 4-wheel drive vehicles or ATVs to maximize hunting opportunities. Guests also have access to thousands of acres of public hunting land nearby. We DO NOT provide dogs or guide service, however all guests are given an orientation and maps to the ranch property upon arrival...and we haven't lost anyone yet!
Please bring at least one trained hunting dog -- we hate losing birds.