Jim and I came to South Dakota to hunt Turkeys with Dave this past spring and we were not disappointed! South Dakota has so many turkeys and Dave Tatum has access to plenty of land to chase them on. We had a great hunt and killed three birds but could have killed many more if either of us was shooting a little better. Dave is truly a passionate hunter and a great guy to be around. His career as a state trapper obviously left him with a vast knowledge of the area that he hunts and he has built some solid relationships that allow him access to some of the best Deer hunting in the west. The pictures we looked at of some of the Whitetails and Mule Deer he has taken are impressive to say the least. I can honesty guarantee that if he can stand to be around us for another week we'll be back often!
Ryan Litwin & Jim Brennan - Outback Outdoors
In January of 2008, I asked a pronghorn outfitter in Wyoming to recommend a mule deer outfitter. He recommended Dave Tatum, from Murdo, South Dakota. I contacted Dave and he was extremely helpful. After speaking to Dave I felt very comfortable contracting with him for a mule deer hunt in South Dakota. I ended up drawing a mule deer tag on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation and started my hunt on November 5, 2008. Dave had a large amount of land available to hunt and we saw large numbers of deer every day. I missed a monster on day one, but Dave continued to put me on large numbers of game. On the fourth day of the hunt my hunting partner scored on a large mule deer, scoring around 185. On the last day of my hunt I scored a nice buck.
It was obvious to me that Dave is a very knowledgeable guide, and knows where the game are. We saw in excess of 500 deer in the five day hunt. In addition to the mule deer we saw whitetail, turkeys and countless numbers of pheasant and grouse. He worked hard at making the hunt a special experience. The accommodations were great, and his attention to detail was exceptional. I plan to book a hunt for the 2009 Mule Deer season with Dave.
Thanks, Steve Steele
All licensing must be done through either the SD Dept. of Game, Fish, and Parks or the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Contact Dave Tatum if you would like assistance with the unit and species selection. He will help walk everyone through the application process.
State of South Dakota: Licensing, Permits,
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe: Reservation