Nelson Family 2024

Our Story

It’s been more than 70 years since Lyle and Jessie Nelson began farming here. Their dream was to own a piece of South Dakota prairie and raise a family from the harvest off the land. Paul eventually brought his wife, Cheryl, back to the home place. They moved to Gettysburg in 1977 to be closer to school as they raised their two sons, Ryan and Erik.

The Nelsons’ dream lives on today. But the harvest is far different than ever could have been imagined back in 1941.  It’s the harvest of ringneck pheasants that brings folks from all over the world to this sprawling landscape under the Dakota sky.

Today, the Paul D. Nelson legacy continues.  And, that harvest is orchestrated by Paul’s son, Erik Nelson as well as Paul’s wife Cheryl Nelson.  The combines still roll across the land at the end of the growing season. But come fall, a harvest like no other is found here – that of pheasants, yes, but also that of friendships, borne from the unique spirit of sporting camaraderie.

Your Hosts:

Erik Nelson and Cheryl Nelson

What Makes PNF Special?


Paul Nelson Farm was recently featured in a video by the The Prestige Collection.

This video highlights all the great things about our family farm and why we think it is the premier pheasant hunting location in the entire world.

We feature over 5,000 acres of pristine hunting ground, unrivaled bird count, 35 private sleeping rooms with private bath,  and 5-star food/drink accommodations.

Watch the video to find out what makes PNF so great!

Orvis Review

“PNF provides a great place to hunt and also a great place to escape thinking about the day-to-day to refresh the mind. Whatever you might do before or after the hunt gets blocked out by the focus the family and the team places on making sure its a great experience without hassle or trouble. I’d been before and will come again.”  Guest from Houston, TX
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