Swamp Hunting Aberdeen SD

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

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

Sodaksport & Bait
(605) 225-2737
850 South Highway 281
Aberdeen, SD
 
Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge
HC 5 Box 114
Martin, SD
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Boating; Fishing; Hiking; Historic & Cultural Site; Hunting; Wildlife Viewing

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

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

Bargain Center & Pawn
(605) 229-3011
218 North Main Street
Aberdeen, SD
 
Mcgannon, Travis Matthew
605216758
106 N Broadway Box 172
Groton, SD
 
Huron Wetland Management District
(605) 352-5894
Room 309 Federal Building
Huron, SD
Other Activties
Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Interpretive Programs

Cottonwood Springs Lake
(605) 745-5476
HC 69 Box 74
Hot Springs, SD
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hunting; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Visitor Center; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing; Winter Sports

Hunt the "Island in the Stream"

In the south, as in many other parts of the country, we have vast swamps that are often a maze of runs, sloughs, dead end back waters and at times, row after row of areas that are flowing water, higher ground and then flowing water again.

I hunt two of these… the Salkehatchie and the Coosawhatchie river systems.

The former system is, in some portions of the river, over a mile wide and while the latter one is less massive, what it lacks in width, it makes for with huge oxbows and twists / turns of the main run.

Both of these systems have their own unique characteristics (and charm!) but they also have two other things in common:

·      They are both filled with deer.

·      They both have islands – isolated patches of higher ground that are surrounded by acres and acres of flooded ground.

The deer love the swamp… it is a great area for travel, it has water, green browse, there are usually loads of hard mast, there are generally dense thickets along each side of the swamp and they feel very comfortable in these areas.

I profess a great love for these swamps and hunt these areas whenever I feel that I can get on some deer – either traveling or feeding…and sometimes… as a refuge area…

In these vast expanses, when you locate one of these islands, there is dry ground for bedding, green browse, all the water they want and often – thick areas for cover.

They are generally less concerned, I think, with the dense cover – because they are fairly relaxed down in these swamps anyway.

In many instances, you can spot these areas from a distance due to the green growth that accumulates on the higher ground… something the sodden and often flooded adjacent areas can not provide.

Locate one of these areas, and you have done two things… identified a potential hiding and bedding area for the deer and also found yourself a potential great area to set up a stand, be it a climber, fixed or even a ground level blind.

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