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South Dakota Hunting

Everything you need to plan your hunting trips in South Dakota, from maps and regulations to season dates, game animals, quotas, and hunting units. Plus much more! Start your research right here.

Overview

Known For

With an average annual harvest of 1.2 million roosters over the last 10 years, South Dakota is world renowned for pheasant hunting. But the state also offers incredible hunting opportunities for elk, deer, antelope, turkey, waterfowl, mountain goats, and more.

Terrain

South Dakota’s terrain has a little bit of everything, from ponderosa pine forests, river bottoms, grassland prairies, and Black Hills mountains, to the vast Missouri River reservoir system.

South Dakota Hunting Seasons

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Season Start Date End Date
Antelope
Antelope – Archery
Closed during firearm season
Aug 20, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Antelope
Antelope – Landowner
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 16, 2022
Antelope
Antelope – Firearms
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 16, 2022
Antelope
Antelope – 2nd Archery
Closed during firearm season
Oct 17, 2022 Oct 31, 2022
Bison
Bison – Non-trophy Custer State Park
2022 season dates are not out yet, please check regulations for more details: https://gfp.sd.gov/nontrophy-buffalo/
Oct 25, 2021 Nov 12, 2021
Bobcat
Bobcat
Dec 26, 2022 Feb 15, 2023
Coyote
Coyote
No limit. Shooting hours unrestricted.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane
Sep 24, 2022 Nov 20, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery
Sep 1, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Archery Antlerless
Whitetail deer only.
Sep 1, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Apprentice & Youth
Sep 10, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Custer State Park
Nov 1, 2022 Dec 15, 2022
Deer
Deer – Black Hills
Nov 1, 2022 Nov 30, 2022
Deer
Deer – West River Landowner
Nov 11, 2022 Nov 26, 2022
Deer
Deer – West River Special Buck
Nov 12, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Deer
Deer – West River
Nov 12, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Deer
Deer – East River
Nov 19, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Deer
Deer – East River Special Buck
Nov 19, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Deer
Deer – East River Landowner
Nov 19, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader
Dec 1, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader Antlerless
Whitetail deer only.
Dec 1, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – East & West River Antlerless
Dec 10, 2022 Dec 18, 2022
Dove
Mourning Dove
Statewide
Sep 1, 2022 Nov 9, 2022
Duck
Duck – Youth Only
Check regulations for further details on bag limits and areas.
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 11, 2022
Duck
Duck – Low Plains North
Check regulations for further details on bag limits and areas: https://gfp.sd.gov/ducks/
Sep 24, 2022 Dec 6, 2022
Duck
Duck – Low Plains Middle
Check regulations for further details on bag limits and areas: https://gfp.sd.gov/ducks/
Sep 24, 2022 Dec 6, 2022
Duck
Duck – High Plains
Check regulations for further details on bag limits and areas: https://gfp.sd.gov/ducks/
Oct 8, 2022 Jan 12, 2023
Duck
Duck – Low Plains South
Check regulations for further details on bag limits and areas: https://gfp.sd.gov/ducks/
Oct 22, 2022 Jan 3, 2023
Elk
Elk – Archery
Sep 1, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Elk
Elk – Archery Custer State Park
Sep 1, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Elk
Elk – Firearms Custer State Park
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 31, 2022
Elk
Elk – Firearms Black Hills
Oct 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Goat
Mountain Goat – Black Hills
Sep 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Goose
Goose – Unit 1
Canada Goose. Check regulations for more details.
Sep 1, 2022 Dec 16, 2022
Goose
Goose – White-fronted
White-fronted Goose. Check regulations for more details.
Sep 24, 2022 Dec 6, 2022
Goose
Goose – Light
Light Goose. Check regulations for more details.
Sep 24, 2022 Jan 6, 2023
Goose
Goose – Bennett County
Canada Goose. Check regulations for more details.
Oct 15, 2022 Dec 18, 2022
Goose
Goose – Unit 2
Canada Goose. Check regulations for more details.
Oct 31, 2022 Feb 12, 2023
Goose
Goose – Unit 3
Canada Goose. Check regulations for more details
Jan 14, 2023 Jan 22, 2023
Goose
Goose – Light Goose Conservation Order
Snow, Blue, and Ross’ Geese.
Feb 13, 2023 May 15, 2023
Grouse
Grouse – Sharp-tailed, prairie chicken, and ruffed grouse
Sep 17, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Mountain Lion
Mountain Lion – Custer State Park
Access permit required.
Dec 26, 2022 Apr 30, 2023
Mountain Lion
Mountain Lion – Black Hills
Dec 26, 2022 Apr 30, 2023
Mountain Lion
Mountain Lion – Statewide
See regulations for specific quotas and season dates: https://gfp.sd.gov/mountain-lion/
Dec 26, 2022 Dec 25, 2023
Pheasant
Pheasant – Youth Only
Check regulations for details on areas closed to hunting. Possession limit: 3 Roosters.
Sep 30, 2022 Oct 8, 2022
Pheasant
Pheasant – Resident Only
Check regulations for details on areas closed to hunting. Daily limit: 3 Roosters.
Oct 8, 2022 Oct 10, 2022
Pheasant
Pheasant – Traditional
Check regulations for details on areas closed to hunting. Daily limit: 3 roosters.
Oct 15, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Quail Game Type
Quail
Statewide
Oct 15, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Rabbit
Cottontail Rabbit
Statewide
Sep 1, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Sheep
Bighorn Sheep – Black Hills
Sep 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall
Nov 1, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Access Archery Permit
Adams Nature Area and Good Earth State Park.
Apr 1, 2023 Apr 30, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Archery
Apr 1, 2023 May 31, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Prairie
Apr 8, 2023 May 31, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Black Hills
Apr 8, 2023 May 31, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Custer State Park
Apr 8, 2023 May 22, 2023
Upland Bird
Gray Partridge & Chukar
Statewide
Sep 17, 2022 Jan 1, 2023

South Dakota Licenses, Permits, and Regulations

South Dakota hunting licenses, permits, and regulations for resident and non-resident hunters can be purchased on the South Dakota Game, Fish, & Parks’ official website. Click below to view the website.

Hunting GPS Maps

Every South Dakota hunter should have hunting GPS maps on hand. South Dakota hunting maps are available from onX Hunt. With a paid membership you can access Satellite, Topo, or Hybrid Basemaps, over which you can view maps of hunting units, along with State, Forest Service, and other public and private property boundaries. You can view trails and roads, and even download maps to the Hunt App for use offline. Click below to get onX Hunt for South Dakota.

Hunting Units

South Dakota has over five million acres of hunting opportunities on public lands as well as on private land leased for public hunting. From Walk-In Areas and Game Production Areas (GPAs) to Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs), hunting units are established for each huntable species, including deer, elk, antelope, turkey, and other animals. Click below to view South Dakota’s hunting units in more detail through an interactive map.

Hunting Layers

SD Private Lands Preview

SD Private Lands

Over 370,000 parcels mapped by the onX team, this layer helps you know who the property owners are in South Dakota. Tap any parcel to learn more info about the owner and acreage.

SD Gov Lands Preview

SD Gov Lands

onX has the most accurate public lands maps with over 14,000,000 acres in South Dakota to help you plan your next adventure. Tap any public land parcel to learn more.

SD Walk Ins Preview

SD Walk Ins

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Walk In hunt areas. All hunters are expected to know the rules of the program. Please hunt responsibly and have a safe legal hunt.

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SD Hunting Units

South Dakota Hunting Units. Please hunt responsibly, obey all signage and have a safe legal hunt.

Includes 24 Sublayers

  • Antelope (Archery) Hunt Units
  • Antelope (Firearm) Hunt Units
  • Bighorn Sheep (Black Hills) Hunt Units
  • Canada Goose Hunt Units
  • Canada Goose (Non-resident) Hunt Units
  • Deer (Antlerless Archery LM1) Hunt Units
  • Deer (Muzzleloader LM1) Hunt Units
  • Deer (Black Hills) Hunt Units
  • Deer (East River) Hunt Units
  • Deer (West River) Hunt Units
  • Deer (Refuge) Hunt Units
  • Deer (Custer State Park) Hunt Units
  • Duck Hunt Zones
  • Elk (Archery) Hunt Units
  • Elk (Black Hills Firearm) Hunt Units
  • Elk (Custer State Park) Hunt Units
  • Elk (Prairie) Hunt Units
  • Goose (Special Mgmt Area Early Fall) Hunt Units
  • Mountain Goat Hunt Units
  • Turkey (Fall) Hunt Units
  • Turkey (Spring Firearm) Hunt Units
  • Tundra Swan Hunt Units
  • Waterfowl (3 Day Fall) Hunt Units
  • Waterfowl (10 Day Fall) Hunt Units
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SD Possible Access

onX has mapped many acres of possible access lands in South Dakota including timber companies and land conservation groups. Research rules on these private lands before recreating.


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