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Pheasant Hunting Lodge Reviews

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Gordon Pirie

Gordon Pirie

Lodge Stayed In: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

No glitches whatsoever. Very friendly, helpful and courteous. They made the booking easy.

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

I brought four grandsons; three of which were first timers. The cabin had a pool table that was a hit with the younger crew. Excellent accommodations and very clean. The surrounding hills provided beautiful scenery with sunups and sunsets magnificent.

Lodge staff: 10

Very professional and helpful. Showed us the gift shop merchandise

Meals and Bar: 10

The first time hunters were very impressed with the delicious meals. And comments of that sort coming from Louisiana natives where the tastiness and flavor of our food is known worldwide. That speaks for itself.

Hunting Guides: 10

Chris and Gary are absolutely the best. This was my fifth year that Chris has been our guide. He is not only an excellent guide but has become a true friend. Gary also made our hunt memorable and has become a newfound friend. If you had a 20 rating, they would have easily obtained it in my estimation.

Quality of the hunt (pheasants): 10

We all got our 4 per day limits. Is there anything else I can say about the quality of the hunt. One grandson said it’s the best hunt that he’s ever been on. Another told me it was the most fun he’s ever had in his entire life. The youngest wanted me to promise him that he could come back next year. They said granddad we love you and thanks so much for bringing us. What more could a grandfather ever wish for. Looking forward for them to have just as good of a time next year.

Additional Comment:

Hope to be back next year!!

Larry Nolan

Larry Nolan

Lodge Stayed In: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

I did not book the stay as i was a guest of the booking party. Though i thought the info i had to fill out and return for license and guns, was extremely easy and the questions ask were relevant.

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

The lodge was perfect! for a working hunt club, i really felt as thou we could hunt all day in adverse conditions, and not feel like we were going to destroy the accommodations when we returned.

Lodge staff: 10

Staff were all very welcoming, and eager to engage our party. For a first time attendee, the staff made us feel like we had been coming for years.

Meals and Bar: 10

Great food, never left hungry. Was a home cooked meal everytime.

Hunting Guides: 10

Garrett was extremely knowledgably about what we were hunting and doing each day. Never felt any pressure to out perform each hunters abilities. Garrett was great with the dogs and was so fun being able to watch a young pup ( Patton?) get to work and learn.

Quality of the hunt (pheasants): 10

All the birds we were on were wild birds, was not at all disappointed in how they flushed.

Additional Comment:

One of the best hunting experiences I have ever had. From the 5 star lodging to the 5 Star guides, and 5 star home cooked meals. The comradery in the lodge in the evenings, meeting people from all around the country, enjoying great stories and great experiences. Can't wait till the next time.

Brian Niess

Brian Niess

Lodge Stayed In: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

The team at the lodge are the best we work with!!

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

The lodge is always clean and very welcoming.

Lodge staff: 10

The staff was extremely pleasant and fun to talk with.

Meals and Bar: 10

Meals were amazing , to be able to feed a large group like ours with consistent meals all of high quality , very commendable !

Hunting Guides: 10

Great guides - they take the time to teach the newbies on what to expect!

Quality of the hunt (pheasants): 10

Additional Comment:

Great event once again!! Big Thank You to Carey- Jenny- Jill for all of your help in making another UFP /Thunderstik event a memorable one!!!

Travis D.

Travis D.

Lodge Stayed In: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

All of the staff is very friendly and helpful.

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 8

They lodge has a rustic and modern feel. It's perfect for hunting. I've always very impressed with the cleanliness of the lodge, rooms and everything associated with it.

Lodge staff: 10

The staff is so friendly and helpful, it's like you have known them for years.

Meals and Bar: 10

I always feel like I'm at a 5 star hotel! The food, drinks and service are top notch!

Hunting Guides: 10

The guides are professional yet give you the feel that you are hunting with a buddy.

Quality of the hunt (pheasants): 10

The hunts are so much fun. There are so many opportunities to shoot.

Patrick Jenks

Patrick Jenks

Lodge Stayed In: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 8

Lodge staff: 10

The staff were friendly and courteous.

Meals and Bar: 10

The food was excellent.

Hunting Guides: 10

The guides we had for out hunt were Garrett and Jay. Jeff substituted one day for Garrett. The guides were excellent! I would like to give special recognition to Garrett for working with our new puppy. She was able to get her first hunting retrieves.

Quality of the hunt (pheasants): 10

Tom Calhoon

Tom Calhoon

Lodge Stayed In: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Lodge staff: 10

Meals and Bar: 10

Hunting Guides: 10

Todd was great, I have no idea how he could have done any better in any way

Quality of the hunt (pheasants): 10

It was a great trip, the whole thing!

Bobby Surles

Bobby Surles

Lodge Stayed In: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Lodge staff: 10

The entire staff was great and always placed service to the Client foremost in all that they did and they are all just great people.

Meals and Bar: 10

Top notch food and liquor.

Hunting Guides: 10

Jay and Scotty were great. Would hunt with them again on next trip.

Quality of the hunt (pheasants): 10

Great! Always a please to hunt with you guys.

Harry Smith

Harry Smith

Lodge Stayed In: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Lodge staff: 10

Meals and Bar: 10

Food and Bar service were excellent!

Hunting Guides: 10

Todd did an outstanding job in guiding and his dogs were great- he is an asset to the organization!

Quality of the hunt (pheasants): 10

Vincent Valerio

Vincent Valerio

Lodge Stayed In: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

The lady's were very accommodating and helpful in answering our questions.

Lodge staff: 10

The staff is top notch every time we have been there. Very accommodating, friendly and fun to talk with.

Meals and Bar: 10

Hunting Guides: 10

Both Brennan and Scotty were great! Knowledgeable, friendly and full of story's to tell. It was a lot of fun to watch them work their dogs and train the younger ones.

Quality of the hunt (pheasants): 10

Our customers enjoyed themselves during the hunt and had plenty of birds to shoot at. MasterBrands/Starmark have been doing this trip for years. It was my 3rd trip and I look forward to attending again. Keep up the great work!

John

John

Thunderstik Pheasant Hunt - 3/24/22

Lodge Stayed In: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Lodge staff: 10

I want to give a special thanks to all the staff members who helped make our stay extremally enjoyable 

Meals and Bar: 10

The food was great and I think having hunters make their own lunches was PERFECT.  We had plenty of food and drink 

Hunting Guides: 10

Our guide Todd was great !!!!! 

Quality of the hunt (pheasants): 10

We got our limit every day 

Lou

Lou

Thunderstik Pheasant Hunt - 3/12/22

Lodge Stayed In: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

The whole team is the Best!!!

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

The girls at Thunderstik do a very conscientious job!!

Lodge staff: 10

Simply the BEST in the business

Meals and Bar: 10

Wish I could eat and drink like this all the time!!

Hunting/Fishing Guides: 10

They are much, much MORE than guides. They are life long friends.

Quality of the hunt (pheasants): 10

Thunderstik event is an adventure I look forward to each year.

Any other comments? Thanks AGAIN for another memorable event. 

Thunderstik is as good as it gets and Carey is the leader who deserves a lion’s portion of the credit. He manages, he leads and he befriends. And he continuously stresses the level of safety required in a Hunting environment.

Brian

Brian

Brian Pheasant hunt at Rooster Ridge North Lodge

Date: 11/08/21

Lodge stay in: Rooster Ridge North

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Accommodating and patient!

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Excellent job taking care of the property

Lodge staff: 10

Always friendly and helpful

Meals & Bars: 10

Excellent meals

Hunting/Fishing Guides: 10

Todd is the man. Such a great guy and guide.

Quality of the hunt: 10

Limits reached by noon on multiple days

Additional comments:

Thank you, we had a wonderful time

Tom

Tom

Tom Pheasant Hunting at Thunderstik Lodge

Date: 11/4/21 – 11/8/21

Lodge stay in: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Lodge staff: 10

Meals & Bars: 10

Hunting/Fishing Guides: 10

Quality of the hunt: 10

Additional comments

All I need is time :)

Corey

Corey

We had a great time at Thunderstik!

Date: 11/8/21

Lodge stay in: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Lodge staff: 10

All staff was excellent. Kind, helpful & happy.

Meals & Bars: 10

Meals where great bar was a fun atmosphere.

Hunting/Fishing Guides: 10

Hunted with Garrett, he worked hard for us and made the most of every day for us.

Quality of the hunt: 10

Great birds.

George

George

George Thunderstik Lodge Experience

Date: 11/04/2021

Lodge stay in: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Lodge staff: 10

Meals & Bars: 10

Hunting/Fishing Guides: 10

Garrett is always great!

Quality of the hunt: 10

Jim

Jim

Jim Thunderstik Lodge Pheasant Hunting 2021

Date: Oct.19-23 2021

Lodge stay in: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

talking with Mercy was a pleasure. She was very helpful with getting the right date for our hunt..

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

very clean and nice

Lodge staff: 10

willing to help with anything you needed.

Meals & Bars: 10

outstanding!!!!!!

Hunting/Fishing Guides: 10

wonderful and fun guy he made it happen even in cold and raining weather.

Quality of the hunt: 10

excellent

James

James

James Thunderstik Lodge Experience

Date: Oct.7 to Oct.11, 2022

Lodge stay in: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 9

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 9

Great lodge, we had the # 1 unit which was great because we had our dog with us. It was so convenient to air him out. Very much appreciated.

Lodge staff: 9

Meals & Bars: 9

Great bartender in Rachel and the bread the lodge had for our sandwich was some of the best we ever had.

Hunting/Fishing Guides: 9

Quality of the hunt: 9

Additional comments

Great experience, everything was just off the map.

Nelson

Nelson

Nelson Pheasant Hunting at Thunderstik Lodge

Lodge stay in: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Lodge staff: 10

Meals & Bars: 10

Hunting/Fishing Guides: 10

Ray did an exceptional job accommodating our group!!!

Quality of the hunt: 10

Additional comments

Great job everyone I had a wonderful time!

Patrick

Patrick

Patrick Thunderstik Main Lodge Experience

Date: 9/30/2021

Lodge stay in: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Very friendly and courteous. I have always enjoyed coming to Thunderstik because of the staff.

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

The accommodations are great. I enjoy spending time hanging out with my hunting party and other guests at the lodge.

Lodge staff: 10

The lodge staff are friendly and welcoming. They are extremely courteous and knowledgeable.

Meals & Bars: 10

EXCELLENT! I was introduced to Diet Squirt by the bar staff and guides and I an hooked. I would love to see Middleton's Irish whiskey (e.g., Very Rare or Dair Ghaelach added to the bar. =)

Hunting/Fishing Guides: 10

By far the best I have had the opportunity to hunt with!

Quality of the hunt: 10

The hunt was awesome! There is nothing like hearing that first rooster cackle when flushed by the dogs!

Richard

Richard

Great Walleye Fishing at Thunderstik Lodge!

Name: Richard

Date: 8/8 to 8/11/21

Lodge stay in: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Lodge staff: 10

Meals & Bars: 10

Hunting/Fishing Guides: 10

Additional comments

We had a great time and really enjoyed the accommodations and hospitality. We hope to go back someday.

Kevin

Kevin

Kevin pheasant hunting experience at Thunderstik Lodge

Name: Kevin

Date: March 2021

Lodge stay in: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Lodge staff: 10

Meals & Bars: 10

Hunting/Fishing Guides: 10

They were very professional and made sure we all had a great time.

Quality of the hunt: 10

I haven't shot that many birds in a long time.

John

John

John pheasant hunting experience at Thunderstik Lodge

Date: 01/27/2021

Lodge stay in: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Lodge staff: 10

Meals & Bars: 10

Hunting/Fishing Guides: 10

Brock Dufrain went above and beyond while guiding our group. Everyone enjoyed his company even though he didn't put us on very many birds. Pretty sure his counter wasn't calibrated.

Quality of the hunt: 10

Additional comments:

We loved Thunderstik Lodge!

Michael Katke

Michael Katke

Michael Katke Pheasant Hunting at Thunderstik Lodge

Name: Michael Katke

Date: 12/14/20

Lodge stay in: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 9

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Lodge staff: 10

Meals & Bars: 10

Hunting/Fishing Guides: 10

Quality of the hunt: 8

Additional comments:

Had a great time, weather was good and our guide was awesome! Thank you!

Garrick Weaver

Garrick Weaver

Garrick Weaver Pheasant Hunt at Thunderstik Lodge

Name: Garrick Weaver

Email: gpweaver6@yahoo.com

Date: 02/04/2021

Lodge stay in: Thunderstik Main Lodge

Knowledge of booking staff: 9

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 9

great lodge extremely clean, beautiful location

Lodge staff: 9

Meals & Bars: 9

Hunting/Fishing Guides: 10

Clint was a great guide with great dogs, my favorite part of the hunt was watching his dogs work.

Quality of the hunt: 10

Joseph Wick

Joseph Wick

Joseph Wick Pheasant Hunt

Name: Joseph Wick

Email: Joewick1795@yahoo.com

Date: 01212021

Lodge stay in: Rooster Ridge West

Knowledge of booking staff: 10

Lodge - quality of accommodations, cleanliness, grounds: 10

Very clean! Everyday when we cam back from hunt it felt as like I was walking in to my own home!

Lodge staff: 10

Meals & Bars: 10

The food was so good! Enjoyed everything!

Hunting/Fishing Guides: 10

Todd, was amazing, funny and just plain AWESOME! I will be back to hunt with him again!

Quality of the hunt: 10

Honestly the birds and the way they launched was astonishing! I have hunted Pheasants here on the East Coast and they do not compare to your Pheasants in any way!

Additional comments:

I cannot Thank everyone at Thunderstik Lodge enough for all they did, all the prep work, all the work during our trip. I will be coming back, I will tell all my friends that they need to go! Keep up the amazing work, I am one of your largest cheerleaders now!

James C

James C

Minnesota Client

“On behalf of myself, Anheiser-Busch and our wholesale family, we would like to thank you for a spectacular hunting excursion. As predicted, the lodge worked out perfect to conduct our meetings and entertain our guests. I would also like to thank your entire staff. Any successful lodge operation involves the team effort of many individuals. Often those people go without recognition or thanks. Thanks to their effciency and attention to detail, Anheiser-Busch was able to provide our guests with first-class hospitality. Professionalism at its best.”

Mark C

Mark C

Wisconsin Client

“All of my family had a wonderful time at Thunderstik Lodge and are anxiously looking foward to returning this November.”

John Satterwhite

John Satterwhite

Olympic Shooter and World-famous Shotgunner

“I have rarely experienced a professional group so dedicated to giving the hunter a memorable outdoor experience. I believe that I enjoyed most the fact that the lodge is located smack in the middle of the best hunting group I’ve ever seen. This, of course, means that a sleepyhead like myself didn’t have to bail out of a motel downtown and then ride 50 miles over rough roads to get to the pheasant fields or the duck and goose blinds.”

Mark H.

Mark H.

Minnesota Client

“Not only did we accomplish our goal of discussing strategies related to our business, but we also managed to build our team by sharing an incredible adventure. The accommodations were great, the view outstanding and the hunting was second to none.”

Kent Hrbek

Kent Hrbek

Former Twins First Baseman and World Series Champion

“I’ve always loved to hunt and have never seen anything close to what you guys have to offer. Everyone has been so kind, the food unbelievable, the hunting—the best I’ve ever seen!” 

Kevin

Kevin

Pheasant Hunt

Carey  (David, I sent you a separate thank you by mail to your house, but please consider yourself a part of the focus of my gratitude!) 

Very belatedly I wanted to thank you for the wonderful time I had with you and your team at Thunderstik Lodge a few weeks ago.  Every single person I bumped into on your staff was incredibly friendly, professional, helpful and treated me like a long lost friend.  From the front desk, the people cooking, the guides, the nice ladies cleaning up the rooms and my buddies who drove me to and from the airport in Sioux Falls the consistency and quality of your team was superb.  I know this might come as a shock to you, but I had never been on a hunting trip before.  And don’t tell anyone, I was a bit nervous!  You and your team were outstanding teaching me how to handle a shotgun and pheasant hunt safely.  You really helped put me at ease and make me feel comfortable.  No one was more surprised a few birds flew directly in front of the pellets that came out of my shot gun than me.  And I hate to admit it, I still don’t know which I eye I am looking through when I shoot the gun….

I totally get the attraction to pheasant hunting now.  The walking through the fields, the brilliance of the well trained dogs, the birds suddenly appearing out of nowhere, the adrenaline rush, the comradery with the other hunters, lunch in the field, etc.  Your lodge is spectacular.  I haven’t stopped talking about.  And my new orange Thunderstiks hat looks pretty bad ass on me on the sidelines of my sons basketball games.

David, thanks again for hosting an incredible event.  It was unforgettable.  Really enjoyed all the new friends I made.  Appreciated the opportunity to do something out of my normal routine. 

Attached are some pictures.  Happy holidays.

 Kevin

Dave

Dave

Fall 2018 - Townsend, MT

I have never been on a guided hunt. The experience I had was by far one I will never forget. From the moment I arrived to the time I checked out I had a blast. I also never done a wing hunt and now I'm hooked. The staff,food and accommodations were top notch. I will definitely do this hunt again and reccomend it to anyone looking for an experience they will never forget. I give Thunderstik and all there staff 5 stars.

David Wright

Fall - 98101

I visited Thunderstik in October with my 14 yr old son. It was his 1st real experience upland hunting and he couldn't have had a better time. Our guide (Ray) was exceptional and the staff at the lodge was second to none.

Greg

Greg

Bridgeport Alabama

I just returned from ANOTHER great trip to the Stik. It was a great adventure and as usual, top shelf service. This place is wonderful. From the meals, accommodations to the professional guides, it's just a pleasure all around. Thanks to all the support staff and management for your attentiveness. See you again soon!

Steve

Steve

My stay at Thunderstik Lodge and the hunting experience was perfect. The organization was detailed, we always knew when we were leaving, guns were cleaned, food was served on time, overall personnel was all on the same page. I have not been to many other hunting lodges but this one is to me top of the line and I appreciate them all spoiling me for 72 hours. Guides, cooks, servers, bartenders, office staff, everybody did an excellent job at making me feel like the experience was all about me and yet there were many other hunters there. Don't know how everyone else there could not have felt the same way about their hunt. Job well done to all that had a part in this hunt and thank you for making this a trip of a lifetime for me and my son. God Bless and wishing you all the best in the future.

Steve

Tom

Tom

Pheasant Hunting

Just wanted to express my gratitude for the incredible experience that your team provided to us last week.  You should be very proud of the team at Thunderstick, they truly are first class.  Everything and I mean every thing we experienced was better than anyone expected.  You treat your customers like I wish every one of my hotels would treat theirs. 

Thank you for a fantastic hunt. 

Tom

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