About Hunting in South‌ ‌Dakota‌

South‌ ‌Dakota‌ ‌is‌ ‌renowned‌ ‌worldwide‌ ‌for‌ ‌its‌ ‌pheasant‌ ‌hunting,‌ ‌did‌ ‌you‌ ‌know‌ ‌about‌ ‌1..2‌ ‌million‌ Roberts‌ ‌also‌ ‌are‌ ‌there‌ ‌as‌ ‌well!‌ ‌ ‌

Not‌ ‌only‌ ‌that,‌ ‌there’s‌ ‌Pheasants,‌ ‌they‌ ‌are‌ ‌also‌ ‌part‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌package.‌ ‌There’s‌ ‌a‌ ‌variety‌ ‌of‌ ‌setting,‌ ‌ river‌ ‌bottom,‌ ‌grasslands,‌ ‌and‌ ‌vast‌ ‌Missouri‌ ‌river‌ ‌reservoir‌ ‌system.‌ ‌In‌ ‌the‌ ‌1900s‌ ‌hunting‌ ‌season‌ ‌ established‌ ‌by‌ ‌SD‌ ‌game‌ ‌of‌ ‌fish‌ ‌and‌ ‌parks‌ ‌allowed‌ ‌deer‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌recovered.‌ ‌With‌ ‌Well‌ ‌care‌ ‌ everything‌ ‌was‌ ‌delivered‌ ‌back‌ ‌to‌ ‌a‌ ‌near‌ ‌perfect‌ ‌state!‌

South‌ ‌Dakota‌ ‌Hunting‌ ‌Seasons‌ 

Big Game: Antelope, Bighorn sheep, deer, elk, mountain goat, mountain lion, buffalo

Small Game: rabbit, squirrel

Birds: Crow, snipe, dove, partridge, pheasant, grouse, quail, grouse

South‌ ‌Dakota‌ ‌Hunting‌ ‌zones‌ ‌
SeasonDatesApplication Dates
Deer Season – National Wildlife Refuge DeerSee application for season dates.Start: May 24, 2021
End: Jun 16, 2021
Deer Season – National Wildlife Refuge Deer | 2022See application for season dates.
Deer Season – ArcheryStart: Sep 1, 2021
End: Jan 1, 2022
Start: Mar 1, 2021
End: Apr 1, 2021
Deer Season – Archery Antlerless Only WhitetailStart: Sep 1, 2021
End: Jan 1, 2022
Deer Season – Apprentice and MentoredStart: Sep 11, 2021
End: Jan 1, 2022
Deer Season – Black HillsStart: Nov 1, 2021
End: Nov 30, 2021
Start: May 24, 2021
End: Jun 16, 2021
Deer Season – Custer State ParkSee application for season dates specifics.
Start: Nov 1, 2021
End: Dec 15, 2021
Start: May 24, 2021
End: Jun 16, 2021
Deer Season – West River LandownerStart: Nov 13, 2021
End: Nov 28, 2021
Start: Sep 10, 2021
End: 
Deer Season – West RiverStart: Nov 13, 2021
End: Nov 28, 2021
Start: May 24, 2021
End: Jun 16, 2021
Deer Season – West River Special BuckStart: Nov 13, 2021
End: Nov 28, 2021
Start: Mar 22, 2021
End: Apr 16, 2021
Deer Season – East River Special BuckStart: Nov 20, 2021
End: Dec 5, 2021
Start: Mar 22, 2021
End: Apr 16, 2021
Deer Season – East RiverStart: Nov 20, 2021
End: Dec 5, 2021
Start: May 24, 2021
End: Jun 16, 2021
Deer Season – East River LandownerStart: Nov 20, 2021
End: Dec 5, 2021
Start: Sep 10, 2021
End: 
Deer Season – Muzzleloader Antlerless Only WhitetailStart: Dec 1, 2021
End: Jan 1, 2022
Deer Season – MuzzleloaderStart: Dec 1, 2021
End: Jan 1, 2022
Start: May 24, 2021
End: Jun 16, 2021
Deer Season – East & West River AntlerlessStart: Dec 11, 2021
End: Dec 19, 2021
Deer Season – Archery | 2022Start: Sep 1, 2022
End: Jan 1, 2023
Deer Season – Archery Antlerless Only Whitetail | 2022Start: Sep 1, 2022
End: Jan 1, 2023
Deer Season – Apprentice and Mentored | 2022Start: Sep 10, 2022
End: Jan 1, 2023
Deer Season – Black Hills | 2022Start: Nov 1, 2022
End: Nov 30, 2022
Deer Season – Custer State Park | 2022See application for season dates specifics.
Start: Nov 1, 2022
End: Dec 15, 2022
Deer Season – West River Landowner | 2022Start: Nov 12, 2022
End: Nov 27, 2022
Deer Season – West River | 2022Start: Nov 12, 2022
End: Nov 27, 2022
Deer Season – East River | 2022Start: Nov 19, 2022
End: Dec 4, 2022
Deer Season – East River Landowner | 2022Start: Nov 19, 2022
End: Dec 4, 2022
Deer Season – Muzzleloader Antlerless Only Whitetail | 2022Start: Dec 1, 2022
End: Jan 1, 2023
Deer Season – Muzzleloader | 2022Start: Dec 1, 2022
End: Jan 1, 2023
Deer Season – East & West River Antlerless | 2022Start: Dec 10, 2022
End: Dec 18, 2022

Deer / Elk License Types & Costs 2021

SeasonResident FeeNon Resident Fee
Deer | Archery1 Any Deer $40
1 Doe Tag $20
1 Any Deer $286
1 Doe Tag $80
Deer | Black Hills1 Any Deer $40
1 Any Whitetail $40
1 Doe Tag $20
1 Any Deer $286
1 Any Whitetail $286
1 Doe Tag $80
Deer | Custer State ParkAny Deer $156
Antlerless Whitetail $31
N/A
Deer | East River1 Any Deer $40
1 Any Deer + 1 Doe Tag $50
1 Doe Tag $20
2 Doe Tags $30
1 Any Deer $286
1 Any Deer + 1 Doe Tag $336
1 Doe Tag $80
2 Doe Tags $120
Deer | West River1 Any Deer $40
1 Any Deer + 1 Doe Tag $50
1 Doe Tag $20
2 Doe Tags $30
1 Any Deer $286
1 Any Deer + 1 Doe Tag $336
1 Doe Tag $80
2 Doe Tags $120
Deer | Mentored$5N/A
Deer | Muzzleloader1 Any Deer $40
1 Doe Tag $20
1 Doe Tag $80
Deer | National Wildlife Refuge 1 Any Deer $40
1 Doe Tag $20
1 Any Deer $286
1 Doe Tag $80
Deer | Special Buck East River$175N/A
Deer | Special Buck West River$175$560
Deer | Apprentice$5$10
Elk | ArcheryAny Elk $185N/A
Elk | Black HillsAny Elk $185N/A
Elk | Custer State ParkAny Elk $316N/A
Elk | PrairieAny Elk $185N/A

Turkey License Types & Costs 2021

SeasonResident FeeNonresident Fee
Turkey | Archery$25$100
Turkey | Black Hills Spring $25$100
Turkey | Custer State Park Spring $25N/A
Turkey | Prairie Spring1 Male Turkey $25
2 Male Turkeys $35
1 Male Turkey $100
2 Male Turkeys $125
Turkey | Prairie Fall1 Any Turkey $15
2 Any Turkey $20
1 Any Turkey $90
2 Any Turkey $100
Turkey | Mentored Spring$5N/A
Turkey | Mentored Fall$5N/A

Links to Official Sites

South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks

Purchase a License

South Dakota Hunting Regulations PDF

Digital Handbook