You many not have known it, but South Dakota is home to an expansive list of game animals. South Dakota hunting seasons include antelope, deer, elk, turkey, mountain lions and a selection of small game. Many of these seasons are restricted to South Dakota residents only.
South Dakota hunting licenses and park entrance permits can be purchased online. Additionally beneficial, the state offers a Volunteer Hunter program, which pairs hunters with landowners wishing to maintain property herd and flock sizes.
|Archery||Aug. 20-Sept. 30
|Mentored Hunt||Aug. 20-Oct. 31|
|Archery||Sept. 24-Dec. 31|
|Muzzleloader||Dec. 1-31 any deer
Dec. 1-Jan. 15 antlerless
|Youth Hunt||Sept. 10-Jan. 15|
*Deer firearms season dates vary greatly throughout South Dakota depending on region. Find specific hunting dates and regional requirements at the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks website.
|Firearms||Sept. 1-Dec. 31*|
*Elk season dates vary greatly throughout South Dakota depending on region. Find specific hunting dates and regional requirements at the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks website.
Black Hills Bighorn Sheep Season
|General Season||Sept. 1-Dec. 31|
*Bighorn sheep season is restricted to state residents only.
Wild Turkey Season
|Fall Turkey||Nov. 1-Jan. 31|
|Spring Turkey||Apr. 9-May 22*|
*Opening dates vary by region. For more information, visit the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks website.
Mountain Lion Season
|Land outside the Black Hills Fire Protection District||Open Season|
|Black Hills Area||Dec. 26-Mar. 31 or when harvest limit is hit|
*South Dakota’s mountain lion season is restricted to state residents only. Permits are required to bag mountain lions. Hunters should check the online harvest status before heading out to ensure the season is still open.
Small Game Seasons
|Pheasant||Oct. 15-Jan. 1|
|Prairie Chicken||Sept. 19-Jan. 3|
|Grouse||Sept. 19-Jan. 3|
|Quail||Oct. 15-Jan. 1|
|Ground Squirrel||Open Season|
|Tree Squirrel||Sept. 1-Feb. 28|
|Cottontail Rabbit||Sept. 1-Feb. 28|
|Prairie Dog||Open Season|
Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for South Dakota hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks agency website.