Hunting in South Dakota

South Dakota residents have many hunting opportunities, including once-in-a-lifetime big game hunts. A resident hunter meets all of the following criteria as determined by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks:

  • Have a domicile within this state for at least 90 consecutive days immediately preceding the date of application for, purchasing, or attempting to purchase any hunting, fishing, or trapping license/permit. A domicile is a person's established, fixed, and permanent home to which the person, whenever absent, has the present intention of returning.
  • Make no claim of residency in any other state or foreign country for any purpose.
  • Claim no resident hunting, fishing, or trapping privileges in any other state or foreign country.
  • Prior to any application for any license, transfer to this state the person's driver's license and motor vehicle registrations.
  • For exceptions, please review the residency requirements on the GF&P website.

Resident Hunting includes:

  • Pheasant
  • Grouse and Prairie Chicken
  • Partridge
  • Dove
  • Rabbit and Squirrel
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Quail
  • Coyote
  • Prairie Dog
  • Fox
  • Ducks
  • Geese
  • Antelope
  • Bighorn Sheep
  • Bison
  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Mountain Goat
  • Mountain Lion
  • Fall/Spring Turkey

Read more about resident hunting opportunities on our Outdoors Blog.