About Us

Located in Kennebec, South Dakota

Dakota Hotspots, Inc. Lodge and Outfitters located in Lyman County in Central South Dakota offers you one of the most exciting and inclusive hunting experiences in the world. We provide sportsmen with a first-class upland bird hunting experience combined with comfort and hospitality. This has resulted in Dakota Hotspots being called the hunting "hotspot" of our state. Our reputation is built on great hunts, a great accommodations and lots of great food.

 Our Family Business

Dakota Hotspots has over fifty years of combined hunting experience. We are a family business with a farming background. We farm for the "birds" and "bucks" and each season we strive to improve these important hunting areas. We carefully select and manage our pheasant and upland game birds areas for optimum bird production, with emphasis placed on nesting habitat and food plots. The results speak for themselves-successful hunts.

Our Team

Dakota Hotspots has over fifty years of combined hunting experience. We are a family business with a farming background and a passion for hunting.

Listen to what our customers are saying: 

Fantastic, outstanding, incredible and amazing! Many hunting lodges might boast such terms but Dakota Hotspots delivers on these accolades. The habitat was fantastic, it was incredible to see the numbers of late season birds inhabiting the well developed patchwork of food plots and cover established for the birds. We saw masses of pheasants in numbers I have never imagined were possible. The staff is outstanding, everyone we met from the cook to the guides were nothing short of top notch, cordial and up-beat. The food was incredible and the quantity and quality were absolutely great - even the coffee was top-notch. And last but not least was the shooting - we experienced high-five drives with hunters hooting, hollering and laughing and the wildest chaotic group flushes of birds I have ever experienced - simply put, AMAZING! If you take the opportunity to hunt for the sharptails and prairie chickens I guarantee they will test your shooting capabilities too. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and are already making plans to return for a late season hunt again next year.

Chuck Ungs

Thanks for the great hunt. Have not seen so many birds in the air since hunting in Germany many years ago. This was the second trip to the lodge and it exceeded the first trip. Great hunting, Great chow, Great lodge and most of all Great people to hunt with and also great folks working at the lodge. If the legs hold out I will be back again!

Thomas Werth

We have used Dakota Hot Spots several times for corporate hunts. They provide outstanding facilities in which to entertain and socialize with our customers. The staff is always welcoming and friendly. The food and lodging is outstanding. The guides always provide a hunt that is truly something most only dream about. We will continue to thank our customers by bringing them back to Dakota Hot Spots.

Chad O'Donnell

Hunting at Dakota Hotspots is an exciting event every Pheasant hunter truly should experience at least once in their lifetime. In over fifteen years of avid hunting, I have never seen so many pheasants in one day. The party hunt was exceptionally well-organized and safe. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and experienced. It was a memorable day of hunting I will never forget. I almost forgot to mention the food!

Joe Kratzke