The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission voted to re-open the sage grouse hunting season at their July meeting.
The season has been closed since 2012 based on the number of male sage grouse counted on annual spring surveys. The GFP sage grouse management plan states that the season could open again if the spring lek survey count is over 250 male sage grouse on all leks. This year’s survey revealed a count of 278 male sage grouse.
The two-day season will run from Sept. 17-18 and allows 40 resident hunting permits with a limit of one sage grouse per hunter. If after the first drawing, permits are still available of the 40 limited, both residents and nonresidents are able to apply. Any leftover permits will be available first come, first-served.