Those three kids are pretty lucky to have you taking them on such a great trip!
If you are looking for a guided pheasant hunt at a lodge, we have a couple of options for you in South Dakota. They offer the great hunting SD is famous for. Let me know if you would like more details.
There is plenty of public land to hunt across the state of south dakota, a little investgation and some maps would be a good start also its not terribly difficult or exspensive , sometimes free if you ask the right people to hunting access.
Most of the pheasant hunting is getting way overpriced for a couple of birds. Most outfitters in SD will run in the 200-300 per gun per day and some will include lodging for that but most wont. From my experience most of the outfitters provide dogs and guides if you want them.
How old are the kids going?
Do you have your own dog?
Can you tolerate a little cold weather?
My best advice if the kids are up to hunting when it is a little colder is to come up and hunt in december. There are less people hunting now and if you find the right landowner they may let you on for nothing later in the season. A big, big help is if you can come up mid week also. No one will be hunting and landowners and their families usually hunt the weekends. If you want ideas on where to go I have several nice spots of public ground that have worked for me in the past, just let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org). Also, if you have a kid that is more assertive use him/her to ask for permission. This may help some and gives them the experience of talking to landowners which can be invaluable. Hope this helps.
I recently completed my first skull plate mount of my buck antelope from the 2010 season. I used a kit from Van Dykes, and I thought I would pass along the tips my dad shared with me, as well as one or two I figured out on my own. I have only completed the one antelope kit, but these tips should work for kits for other species as well.
1. Leave as much depth to the skull as possible when you remove the antlers/horns from the skull of the animal. This...