Invitationals bring unique camaraderie to member-hosted special interest events

2019 OGR Pheasant Hunt

The time-honored tradition of OGR’s annual pheasant hunt, organized and hosted by Kevin Opsahl (Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton, SD), will take place on Nov. 7-11, 2019 near Gregory, SD. Enjoy premium pheasant hunting by day and relaxing camaraderie with your fellow OGR members in the evenings.

Nov. 7—Arrive at the lodge 
Nov. 8-9-10—Hunting days
Nov. 11—Fly home

Biggins Hunting Service
Gregory, South Dakota

Biggins main lodge is a comfortable facility offering wide-screen TVs, wireless internet, pool table, foosball and relaxing recliners. Each room has two double beds, a full bathroom, a separate dressing area and a mud room for removing and hanging hunting gear. Outside features include a fire pit, horseshoe pits, a grilling area and a 50 shot trap house sporting clay set up.

According to, the grounds have been in the Biggins’ family over 100 years. It states, “Since 1982 we have intentionally farmed this land with conservation and wildlife propagation in mind. While on the hunt you will see a wide variety of native grasses, trees and wildlife; all with the intent to give you a true prairie adventure complete with gorgeous sunsets and, of course, the very best South Dakota pheasant hunting experience.”

Airport: Sioux Falls Regional Airport (Joe Foss Field) (FSD)
Travel to lodge: 150 miles (2.5 hour drive) from the airport
Ground transportation: Rent a vehicle or coordinate transportation with other hunters

Deposit = $600 (due with registration)
Balance = $1,785 (due October 1)
All meals included; alcoholic beverages extra

Pay by check or credit card. Send checks to:

Pheasant Hunt Invitational
9101 Burnet Rd., Suite 120
Austin, TX 78758

Call (800) 637-8030 to pay by credit card.

Hunting Licenses
Available at Biggins

Fee: $67 (non-residents)
Visit for more information.

Hunting Dogs
Hunters are encouraged to bring their hunting dogs at no additional charge.

Have More Questions?
Contact Kevin Opsahl at [email protected] or (605) 665-9679 for information about Biggins Hunting Service, hunting conditions or logistics.

Study Groups

OGR study groups bring small groups of funeral professionals together for ongoing study of successful practices. They meet periodically throughout the year at participants’ funeral homes to explore ways to fulfill families’ increasingly diverse requests for services, achieve profit goals, and attract new customers.  Using a combination of discussion methods, internal and external expertise, and industry data, they work towards a list of achievable actions to try at our funeral homes.

Dates of OGR’s Next Study Group TBA

  • Day 1—Arrival; meet for dinner at 5:00 p.m.
  • Day 2—Study Group discussion from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; group dinner at 5:00 p.m.
  • Day 3—Study Group discussion from 8:00 a.m.-noon; Lunch will be available on site or you may take it with you as you depart

What to Expect from Study Group Discussions?
The purpose of the Study Group is to exchange information, materials and practices that advance funeral homes to the next level of success. In preparation for the Study Group, please consider the following prior to the meeting:

  • Send topics you’d like the group to discuss to George Darte in advance;
  • Bring materials with you that you wish to share with participants;
  • Be prepared to describe any projects or actions you’re considering. Study Group participants will act as your consultants by offering their opinions, experiences and insights.

Registration fees & meal expenses

  • Registration fee: $0
  • Travel: Attendees are responsible for travel, lodging and meal expenses
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch will be invoiced to each firm by averaging the total cost of participants’ meals.

Meeting location
2020 Study Group locations TBA

Suggested Attire
Attire is casual for the meetings and meals.

Have More Questions?
Contact George Darte at [email protected] or call (905) 937-4444 for information about Study Group content and procedures. 

How to Register
Email or telephone George Darte at [email protected] or call (905) 937-4444.