Shooting Ranges Aberdeen SD

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Pocasse Nwr
(605) 885-6320
Rural Rt. 1, Box 25
Columbia, SD
Other Activties
Fishing; Hunting

Sand Lake Wmd
(605) 885-6320
Rural Rt. 1, Box 25
Columbia, SD
Other Activties
Boating; Fishing; Hunting

Francis Case Lake
(605) 487-7847
399 Powerhouse Road
Pickstown, SD
Other Activties
Biking; Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Visitor Center; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing; Winter Sports

Fort Meade Recreation Area
(605) 892-2526
310 Roundup Street
Belle Fourche, SD
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Biking; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Historic & Cultural Site; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Picnicking; Wildlife Viewing

Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge
(605) 885-6320
39650 Sand Lake Drive
Columbia, SD
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Fishing; Hiking; Historic & Cultural Site; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Visitor Center; Wildlife Viewing

Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge
(605) 885-6320
39650 Sand Lake Drive
Columbia, SD
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Fishing; Hiking; Historic & Cultural Site; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Visitor Center; Wildlife Viewing

Bargain Center & Pawn
(605) 229-3011
218 North Main Street
Aberdeen, SD
 
Black Hills National Forest
(605) 673-2251
25041 N Highway 16
Custer, SD
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Camping; Climbing; Fishing; Hiking; Historic & Cultural Site; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Off Highway Vehicle; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Visitor Center; Wildlife Viewing

Waubay National Wildlife Refuge
(605) 947-4521
Waubay, SD
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Boating; Fishing; Hiking; Historic & Cultural Site; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Visitor Center; Wildlife Viewing

James Diversion Reservoir
(605) 353-7145
P.O. Box 915
Huron, SD
Other Activties
Boating; Fishing; Hunting; Picnicking; Water Sports; Winter Sports

Determine Winter/Summer Range

Author: 
Hawkeye270

One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.

There are a couple ways to go about locating these areas. The first is to just arm yourself with a map and get out in the field and find out for yourself. Take a look at a map and locate the higher ground in the unit that you have selected. Game animals will generally use this higher elevation terrain during the summer. As the seasons progress and the temperature drops and snows accumulate, these animals will move to lower adjacent elevations. Females and younger males will generally migrate first, with the mature males staying up high a little longer. You should be looking for drainages that will connect the summer and winter range that will allow game animals to slip by more or less undetected. In many cases, deer and elk will start out in their summer range (public land), move along their migration corridors (a mixture of medium elevation public and private) and then end up on the winter range which is more often than not privately owned. There are some really good late-season public land hunts that one can consistently take home meat however.

I suggest to contact your local fish and game department however and speaking with the biologist assigned to your area before heading out to investigate for yourself. This will save you a lot of time and help focus your efforts. As these people are typically over worked and thus very busy you need to contact them in the offseason. Spring and early summer are good times to contact them and you will find that they will...

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