Sandhills

Old Hickory

New member
Was curious to see how the habitat was looking in the Sandhills around Mckelvie? I’ll be coming out for the opener, hoping for some cooler temps at least in the mornings. Have been making the trip the last several years, 2 weeks from today I’ll be heading west. Happy hunting
 

airmedic1

Active member
I haven’t specifically been to McKelvie but most of the Sandhills are in a drought. There has been spotty rainfall but for the most part grass is pretty sparse. You might want to call a local contact if you have one beforehand.
 

duckn66

Well-known member
We ride to sturgis South Dakota every august. We go by way of north platte and the part of the Sandhills we go through are the driest looking I’ve seen in 7 years. There were a few, very few parts that had green. For the most part the area we rode through was short and brown.
 

Snowcock

Member
I'll be looking for your report in a few weeks, hunted Valentine NWR a couple time in the early 2000's.
It is on return wish list. Stayed at Alkali lake, did a mileage search this morning 1200 miles from my new home in Southern Nevada.
 

TexasPHEZHunter

New member
I spoke with my rancher friend, who also lets me hunt some ground around valentine. He said its for sure dry but not as bad as he has seen. I still plan to go the third week of september. last year I killed 5 birds in 2 days of hunting so not terrible. Got into birds each day. One of these days i am gonna drive the extra miles and do Montana in september instead.
 

Old Hickory

New member
Just returned from the Sandhills a few days ago. We were camping for 6 days and hunted sharptail, dove and teal. We were able to get all 3 and a had a great time. The landscape is getting pretty dry so let’s hope for some consistent moisture in the months to come. But with that said the low lying valleys were pretty thick and green in some areas and the berries were plentiful as well in spots. We had some good dog work and man and dog made it thru the trip without injury so I’m very grateful for the time well spent.
 

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I'll be looking for your report in a few weeks, hunted Valentine NWR a couple time in the early 2000's.
It is on return wish list. Stayed at Alkali lake, did a mileage search this morning 1200 miles from my new home in Southern Nevada.
I love this area, spent a night there a couple of years ago on the way back from trout fishing in WY and caught one of the biggest bass of my life in a little outlet stream from dewey lake. Followed that up by catching some 3-4lb bass and a pike, all within 30 minutes of showing up.

The mosquitoes though...my gawd they were pretty bad at night but when I woke up my entire tent was covered in mosquitoes...I sprinted out of my tent and packed everything up in 5 minutes but about 50 mosquitoes stayed on the tent and would sneak out and bite me the entire 8 hr ride back to KC. Ended up driving with my windows down while it was 95+ degrees just to keep from getting eaten alive.
 
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