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Hunting on Indian Reservations

Anyone have any experience hunting the indian reservations in the Dakotas and/or Nebraska. I know you need to go through the tribal governments and such. What I'm curious about is it worth it? Is it a hassle?

My style of hunting is to have plenty of area to hunt and have light hunter pressure. I'm not concerned with the trophy status of game.

Please PM me with any experiences you may have had if you prefer.

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Hunting on Indian Reservations

walker - Welcome to BGH Big smile
I do Not know about the Dakotas or Nebraska, but I do hunt on the Prairie Band Potawatomie Reservation in Kansas. Alot of the land is owned or managed by Non-tribal parties. So It's just a matter of getting landowner permission. Having grown up around the Reservation I know many members and have had members give me permission to go on certain properties owned by the Reservation.

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I would contact the tribe that is in charge of the laws on the reservation you are looking to hunt on. I know of some that charge an insane amount of money and another that I am not allowed to take game on but I was invited to come along with one of the resident indians to hunt with him. I hope to do that one day! Good luck.

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Hunting on Indian Reservations

Thanks Guys.

I did understand that some reservations do not allow any hunting. It seems strange to me because it would seem to be a good source of revenue. Land access fees alone are becoming big business in areas with good hunting.

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Hunting on Indian Reservations

If have firsthand experience with the reservations in South Dakota. I have hunted on the Lower Brule reservation with good success. Tags are high priced but land is readily available. There is good opportunity on all the reservations in SD, the names of the reservations are. Lower Brule (Mule deer and Whitetail) this is near Chamberlain and Pierre. Standing Rock reservation (Mule deer and Whitetail) west of Mobridge. Rosebud (Mulies and Whitetail) west of Winner and south of Murdo. Need a guide to hunt this one. Pine Ridge (Mulies and Whitetail) south of Rapid City.
All the reservations have access for non residents. The only problem that I have experienced hunting the rez is that the marking of private vs. reservation land is hard to determine. In SD there is a lot of privately owned ranch land within the boundries of the reservation. Hopefully a good map and some help from the tribal game and fish department can point you in the right direction. All of the reservations have unbelievable country and loads of deer. My favorite rez is the Lower Brule due to its border on the Missouri river breaks. Big whitetail in the timber and big Mulies in the breaks. Shot a 4x4 whitetail there in 2000 scored around 155-160, big, thick, and tall. Tag at that time was easy to get, apply in august I believe. If you feel like hiking and no seeing much pressure there is a lot of walk in areas in western SD that get minimal pressure. Large tracts of land, 10 square miles and larger. Only drawback is you can only walk in, no ATV or truck so if you shoot one it can be a long pack out. All these walk ins and public land can be seen on the SD website. sdgfp.info Hope this gives you some help.

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HuntNFish, Yes, thank you! This is the kind of info I was looking for.

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i live in the Santee Sioux Reservation. I have been getting people to come and take advantage of this area. The permits are cheaper than going through the state and you get all of the land to go with it.. They sell you the permts right over the counter and you can buy multiple ones if you like. I have had people come turkey hunting from NY and PN. They have a great time and the wildlife here is just abundant. If you would be interested in coming around here we have a farm house that we rent out to hunters and I would be more than willing to show you around. questions clj-bo@gpcom.net

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