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Clean Food is good for you, but would you eat Grass?

Clean Food is good for you, but would you eat Grass?

May 10, 2021 by

Gage Outdoor Expeditions has partnered with The Honest Bison to help answer the call for clean meat.

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Pour out a Special Batter of Love for Mother’s Day and Make Mom’s Tastebuds Dance with the flavor of Specialty Bacon

Pour out a Special Batter of Love for Mother’s Day and Make Mom’s Tastebuds Dance with the flavor of Specialty Bacon

April 30, 2021 by

We have the secret to making Mom smile wide this Mother’s Day, the ultimate treats to make Breakfast in Bed, or Breakfast with the fam a super treat this year. We have curated a few dynamic recipes, for the Best pancakes, that Dad and the kids can make. 

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Time to Kick Back, sit and enjoy an extraordinary Charcuterie board and a Glass of Wine: Mom’s Dream Mother’s Day Gift!

Time to Kick Back, sit and enjoy an extraordinary Charcuterie board and a Glass of Wine: Mom’s Dream Mother’s Day Gift!

April 25, 2021 by

Our Mother's Day package includes a delicious array of meats, artisan crackers, and fig preserves to create a delicious charcuterie board.

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The Ultimate Thirst Quencher is a specially brewed Craft Beer!

The Ultimate Thirst Quencher is a specially brewed Craft Beer!

April 21, 2021 by

Whether you are out mowing the lawn, trekking through the fields on a Pheasant Hunt, playing a game of Golf or Tennis, you surely must be working up a thirst! Let us help you get rid of that parched feeling by offering you a quality, small batch brewed Craft Beer.

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America’s “Fittest Man on Earth”, Rich Froning, comes hunting at our Historic Thunderstik Lodge

America’s “Fittest Man on Earth”, Rich Froning, comes hunting at our Historic Thunderstik Lodge

April 19, 2021 by

Rich Froning, Jr. is an American professional CrossFit athlete, his training videos are epic. Follow Rich and friends as they embark on a 3 day pheasant hunting trip at our Historic Thunderstik Lodge in Chamberlain, South Dakota.

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Spotlight on Thunderstik Guide Ray Wellman

Spotlight on Thunderstik Guide Ray Wellman

April 13, 2021 by

Ray Wellman lived in Chamberlain since 1995.  Ray married Jill in 2008.  Ray been guiding pheasant hunters since 1995.

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3-24 March Madness from Gage Outdoor Expeditions

3-24 March Madness from Gage Outdoor Expeditions

March 25, 2021 by

Check out this hot 3-24 March Madness from Gage Outdoor Expeditions...

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Spotlight on Thunderstik Guide, Brennan Lockwood

Spotlight on Thunderstik Guide, Brennan Lockwood

January 26, 2021 by

Brennan is a city boy who moved to the “sticks’ in 2012.  He's a full time fishing guide during the summertime.

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World Class Hunt at Thunderstik Lodge!

World Class Hunt at Thunderstik Lodge!

December 10, 2020 by

World class pheasant hunt experience from Thunderstik Lodge.

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Spotlight on Clint Larson, Thunderstik Guide

Spotlight on Clint Larson, Thunderstik Guide

December 10, 2020 by

Clint mainly runs his own dogs but Nifty was a lodge dog he used to run a lot.

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SPOTLIGHT ON CATLAND LANDEGENT, THUNDERSTIK GUIDE

SPOTLIGHT ON CATLAND LANDEGENT, THUNDERSTIK GUIDE

December 01, 2020 by

Catland Landegent has a passion for hunting and fishing and earned a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at South Dakota State University. 

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Introduction to Captain Garrett Bordson, one of the Thunderstik Guides

Introduction to Captain Garrett Bordson, one of the Thunderstik Guides

November 25, 2020 by

A Sagittarius that lucked out making a living in the outdoors.  All bird hunting is my passion, but let’s talk turkey!

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Thank you, Governor Kristi Noem and the great state of South Dakota, for all you do for us!

Thank you, Governor Kristi Noem and the great state of South Dakota, for all you do for us!

November 04, 2020 by

Thank you, Governor Kristi Noem and the great state of South Dakota, for all you do for us!

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Spotlight on Carey Story from Thunderstik Lodge

Spotlight on Carey Story from Thunderstik Lodge

October 28, 2020 by

Started out as one of Grandpas bird dogs and worked he's way up ...

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Spotlight on Chris Longhenry from Thunderstik Lodge

Spotlight on Chris Longhenry from Thunderstik Lodge

October 21, 2020 by

Chris works works for the state of South Dakota as a fisheries biologist as well as a hunting guide for Thunderstik Lodge.  He and his wife Amanda have a busy home life with three active boys that are learning to love the outdoors as much as Chris does.

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Spotlight Thunderstik Guide with Todd Engel

Spotlight Thunderstik Guide with Todd Engel

August 24, 2020 by

Guide fishermen in the summer and also has a cattle ranch.  Loves to call ducks, geese, coyotes and fish in new bodies of water.

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Spotlight on Garrett Bordon from Thunderstik Lodge

Spotlight on Garrett Bordon from Thunderstik Lodge

August 12, 2020 by

Garrett Bordon birthday blast!

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Episode #1 Legendary Carey Story Live Welcome to the 2020 Pheasant Season

August 07, 2020 by

Episode #1 of Thunderstik Lodge Legendary Carey Story - Live Welcome to the 2020 Pheasant Season South Dakota.

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Episode #2 Legendary Carey Story Live Welcome to the 2020 Pheasant Season

August 07, 2020 by

Episode #2 of Thunderstik Lodge Legendary Carey Story - Live Welcome to the 2020 Pheasant Season South Dakota.

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Thunderstik Lodge – we had a WONDERFUL time!

Thunderstik Lodge – we had a WONDERFUL time!

June 23, 2020 by

South Dakota is as big country as big country can be and I’m so happy that I got a chance to spend time there.  My boys and our friends had a great time, too!

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Support Wetlands Conservation on Your Next Upland Hunt

Support Wetlands Conservation on Your Next Upland Hunt

March 19, 2020 by

Gage Outdoor Expeditions is proud to offer unique pheasant hunting experiences to DU supporters at local events across the county ...

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5 Hunting Ideas For Your Next Corporate Retreat

5 Hunting Ideas For Your Next Corporate Retreat

March 09, 2020 by

Here are some amazing corporate retreat ideas that your employees will like and they are sure to increase their adrenaline rush.

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Liquor, Wine, Beer & Cocktail List

Liquor, Wine, Beer & Cocktail List

February 19, 2020 by

Here is the Thunderstik Lodge Liquor, Wine, Beer & Cocktail List

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Gage Outdoor and Historic Thunderstik Lodge Heads to Texas for Helicopter Hog Hunting

Gage Outdoor and Historic Thunderstik Lodge Heads to Texas for Helicopter Hog Hunting

January 23, 2020 by

(Minneapolis, MN): Gage Outdoor Expeditions, a global leader in hunting and fishing trips around the world, announces their newest lodge in Texas specializing in Helicopter Hog Hunting. Owner John Kalan searched the foothills of Texas to find the perfect location for hunting, lodging and state of the art helicopters.

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Pheasant Recipes From Thunderstik Lodge

Pheasant Recipes From Thunderstik Lodge

January 13, 2020 by

4-6 pheasant breasts skinned and boned.  Dust with flour and season with salt and pepper.  Brown in skillet in half butter and half canola oil until light brown.  Place in casserole and cover with sauce.  Cover and bake for 2 hours in 300° oven.

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Hackin', Healin' and Shotguns on the South Dakota Plains

Hackin', Healin' and Shotguns on the South Dakota Plains

November 10, 2019 by

I write this to you from the wide open plains near Chamberlain, South Dakota. It is a vast area where you get the feeling you could walk for the rest of your days, look back and still see where you started. It’s empty and beautiful at the same time, mile upon mile of rolling prairie and five times a day I expect to see a herd of buffalo come galloping over a rise. It is a very different place for the guy from the southern Appalachians.

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Argentina Duck & Dove Hunting - 2019 Packages

Argentina Duck & Dove Hunting - 2019 Packages

March 20, 2019 by

2018 was one of our best years to date in Argentina! The hunts were amazing from duck to dove to perdiz and pigeon. The 2019 season is off to a great start with several successful hunts already underway and our 2019 calendar filling fast. We still have openings at many of our estancias so contact us today for open dates and book your Argentina Adventure.

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1ST ANNUAL ROOSTER ROUND UP AT THUNDERSTIK LODGE!

1ST ANNUAL ROOSTER ROUND UP AT THUNDERSTIK LODGE!

March 03, 2019 by

Please join us for the 1st Annual Thunderstrik late season Rooster Roundup! Nesting habitat is vital to our overall bird population and competition for food is at an all time high. Help us send our nesting hens into the spring season as healthy as possible by reducing the competition for food by eliminating as many roosters as possible before the season ends.

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Argentina Hosted Hunt with Carey Story of Thunderstik Lodge

Argentina Hosted Hunt with Carey Story of Thunderstik Lodge

February 17, 2019 by

Join Thunderstik’s Legendary Carey Story as he travels to Argentina on a waterfowl & high volume dove hunting adventure. This destination has been producing consistent high-quality shoots for ages and is one of the preferred global wing-shooting destinations. Come along and enjoy world class wing shooting, fine dining and the relaxing Argentina culture! Space is limited! 

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South Dakota invites Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor industries

South Dakota invites Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor industries

April 29, 2013 by

From state to state and coast to coast, the gun debate control rages on, causing much frustration and derision on both sides of the coin. To say it is a heated issue would be a severe understatement. Nevertheless, South Dakota sees this as an opportunity in this debate to boost the state economy by inviting Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor industries by relocating to the Mount Rushmore State.

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Wounded Warrior Hunt 2013

Wounded Warrior Hunt 2013

March 25, 2013 by

Thunderstik Lodge had the honor of hosting a pheasant hunt with some real heroes this spring. It was great to meet Rory Dunn and spend some time with him hunting and socializing in South Dakota. Jim Mazlowski, Rory, Stan(Rory's father) and I had a great time chasing after some spring pheasants in the sloppy South Dakota snow.

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Coporate Hunting Trips

Coporate Hunting Trips

February 27, 2013 by

With the lowest unemployment in the USA, North Dakota has enjoyed an economic boom unlike any other in recent memory. The Bakken Formation oil fields last year produced 113 million barrels of oil-moving North Dakota from 9th to 4th in oil production. Where there were once towns floundering, in danger of becoming ghost towns, new building and economic growth has changed the landscape of the prairie.

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South Dakota Walleye Fishing

South Dakota Walleye Fishing

February 07, 2013 by

As a booking agent, Gage Outdoor Expeditions has been an unbiased source for fisherman for many years. In the past, Canada had been the destination for anglers to chase after walleye, pike, lake trout and smallmouth bass. We send customers to lodges that fit their budget, to catch the species they are after.

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Thunderstik Lodge – Cast & Blast 2012

Thunderstik Lodge – Cast & Blast 2012

January 03, 2013 by

The crew spent the first two days filming pheasant hunting and habitats with our Thunderstik guests.

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2012 South Dakota Pheasant Forecast

2012 South Dakota Pheasant Forecast

September 12, 2012 by

2012 South Dakota Pheasant Forecast - 2012 pheasant counts up from 2011. Annual August pheasant brood counts in South Dakota indicate that the statewide pheasant population is up from last year, and that should equate to an excellent pheasant season this fall.

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2012 Pheasant Hunting Report

2012 Pheasant Hunting Report

September 10, 2012 by

As most people know by now South Dakota has been in drought conditions for most of the summer. For example, we had less than half an inch of rain in July. With that kind of news, we have been getting calls from some of our hunters asking about what we think the hunting conditions are going to be like this fall.

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