FAQ

Directions?

The truth is street addresses in rural South Dakota are meaningless. So, here's what you do:  Drive west on 212 to Zell, go north on the blacktop eight miles, turn right on 164rd. Go one mile east, then one mile north on 373rd. FCF's campus is located at the intersection of 373rd Street and 163rd Avenue.

If that doesn't work for you then click this link:  Click here for Google Directions

What can I expect for weather conditions?

Click here for a 10-day forecast.

Do I need a license?

You must have a valid hunting license. (Small game in or out of state.)  All game laws/limits will be scrupulously observed.  You can buy your license right now by clicking here.  The current SD Hunting regulation booklet is scattered around the lodge. Read it when you arrive or by clicking here  If you don’t have your license prior to arrival, we will help you purchase it online.

Are there medical facilities nearby?

While we have never had an accident medical care is available. Community Memorial in Redfield, 20 minute drive, has emergency facilities available with a doctor on staff.  For more serious issues Avera St. Lukes in Aberdeen is just 45 minutes away.

If you have specific medical needs please let us know ahead of time.

What happens to the birds we shoot?

How your birds are processed is up to you. Many people consider cleaning the birds part of the day's hunt. For 20 years we've made it part of the experience. Gather together to tell lies about the hunt, drink a few beers and listen to some Johnny Cash. It takes approximately one half hour. If you'd rather you can leave it to the professionals. In either case your birds will be cleaned, vacuum packed and frozen.

You must take your game with you in transportable form when you leave. Coolers are available for those that need them.

What kind of ammunition do I need?

We recommend you bring 5’s for the early season and 4’s after mid November. If you'd rather not take ammunition on the plane, we have shells for sale.

What type of gun should I bring?

We’ve had guests shoot birds all the way from 410's all to 12ga.  A proficient shooter can use a 20ga for the first half of the season.  After that we recommend 12ga.  For world class shooters a 28ga makes for a challenge.  We can provide a 12 or 20ga for those that need one.  Please let us know ahead of time.

Can I bring my dog?

FCF has an overwhelming amount of scent for even experienced hunting dogs.  This may cause your dog to not listen to your commands, run out of control through the fields, and potentially ruin the group's experience.  Unless your dog has experience in conditions as described you should discuss bringing it with others in your party. You may want to consider leaving it at home.

If you do decide to bring your dog, kennels are available.  (It's really more of a dog palace than kennel: heated floors, individual runs, etc.) Dogs are not allowed in the lodge.

Are Guides available?

Our guides will accompany you while you hunt at FCF. Their role is to answer any questions, explain hunting strategy, collect downed birds, and to ensure the hunt moves safely forward. They own dogs that have been hunting at FCF since they were pups, they are excellent retrievers and are fun to watch as they work the land.

Shooting facilities?

We will provide ear protection and shells for your group to brush up their shooting skills at our clays range.  Our facility is equipped with several competition level throwers, able to show every shot imaginable.  The machines can be adjusted to every level of shooter competence.

What clothing should I bring?

We hunt sixty days a year under all conditions.  One of the most common errors is basing what you bring on conditions at home.  Please check the weather at Full Circle when you pack your gear.

  • Waterproof footwear and chaps.  Rubber boots are desirable in wet conditions.
  • In extreme cold dress in multiple thin layers of clothing. Bulky clothes inhibit shooting.  Wear wind resistant outerwear (Filson coats and chaps or Gore-Tex lined gear)
  • Don’t forget face masks in December.
  • High quality leather gloves with Thinsulate or another liner (silk or synthetic) are a good compromise between shooting feel and the cold.
  • Blaze orange is required.
What are the accommodations?

FCF’s campus is designed to provide a superior experience for a group of 14 to 16 hunters.  From corporate outings to family gatherings to charitable fundraisers our lodges have everything you need to make your event a success.  We provide internet access, meeting facilities and printing capabilities.  The professional grade kitchen integrates cooking into the group experience.  Bedrooms feature comfortable high end bedding, mattresses and pillows.