Top 5 Places in North Dakota to Hunt Pheasants

It's hard to pick out five places to hunt pheasants in North Dakota as there are hundreds of great places to hunt. Everyone that has taken up a shotgun and chased this colorful game bird has their own favorite places, from tree rows near Killdeer to grasslands near Mott. Here is a sampling of great places.


Considered the “Pheasant Capitol of the Nation,” Mott is located along the scenic Cannonball River in the heart of North Dakota’s prime pheasant range. The buttes and grasslands that surround Mott are the perfect backdrop for an epic hunt. 


Bird hunters have had easy limits in the far northwestern part of North Dakota for the past couple of years. Pheasant counts are slightly down in the region, but pressure is light in this area. Noted for providing some bonus Sharptails and Hungarian Partridge for a complete upland experience along the north border.


Southeastern North Dakota has had good bird counts in recent years and Ellendale has many options for bird hunters, both waterfowl and upland. Often called the “Pheasant Capital of North Dakota,” Ellendale offers excellent guides and lodging.


Often Listed among the “Top 25 Bird Hunting Towns in America” by Pheasants Forever, abundant public lands, including PLOTS, make Wing an upland destination to circle on your map.

Lake Sakakawea

Pheasant hunting opportunities are plentiful around North Dakota’s largest lake. Over a dozen Wildlife Management Areas on the lake make finding areas to hunt easy. Stay and eat in places like Garrison, New Town and Williston and find unique lodging at Indian Hills Resort.