The South Dakota Resident Only Pheasant Season opensat and runs through at sunset.
OPEN AREA: Public lands, statewide, which include the following:
- Hunting on public road rights of way is limited to those contiguous to and a part of public hunting lands open for hunting.
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Waterfowl Production Areas.
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land adjacent to the Missouri River.
- U.S. Forest Service National Grasslands.
- U.S. Bureau of Reclamation land.
- State School and Public Lands.
- State parks, recreation areas, and lakeside use areas.
- GFP managed or leased property otherwise open to public hunting, including Game Production Areas open during the regular pheasant season.
- GFP managed and leased property designated as Walk-in Areas and land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).
Nontoxic shot is required to hunt small game on most public lands.
The Traditional South Dakota Pheasant Season opens at, and runs through .
Bird populations are up across the state. For more information on specific areas, check out our 2015 Pheasant Outlook.
Pheasant hunting is a cherished tradition in South Dakota. It does, however, present unique safety challenges for all hunters, especially, young and first time rooster chasers. Feel free to share this safety video with your hunting party.
For more information on pheasants and pheasant hunting in South Dakota, click here.
We hope you have a successful and safe pheasant hunting season. Share your hunting memories with us by using #SDintheField.