Seven of us from Minnesota headed out last Thursday. It was about a 6 hour drive from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Upon arrival we were greeted by Mark and Robin and shown our cabins. The lodging was top-notch. Each cabin is essentially split in two rooms, with 1 guy per room. The rooms each included a king bed, gas fireplace, TV, bathroom with shower (including 3 shower heads) and a heated mud room off the front. Dogs aren't allowed in the main room but are allowed to stay in the mud room, which is where mine stayed. They also have kennels if you want to board your pup.
Food and drinks are all served in the main lodge. The package we had included all meals and drinks, and again, everything was excellent. Breakfast was at 8 AM each morning, lunch was out in the field and dinner was back at the lodge around 7 PM.
As for the hunting, we covered a lot of ground but we got our birds. The first day one of the guys in the group ended up with 25,000 steps, and most of those were in thick cattail sloughs. Surprisingly (for South Dakota), there was little to no wind each day we hunted. The sloughs seemed to hold the birds better than the more open terrain we hunted Saturday and Sunday. By the end of the trip, our group was worn out, including the dogs.
My closing comment would be that if you are looking to hunt wild birds in South Dakota and are looking to do it as a guided package, I highly recommend Brown's. I don't think you will be disappointed.
Joe S, Owatonna, MN