South Dakota Bird Hunting

Seasons Span September 15 –
January 6, 2019

South Dakota Bird Hunting

Resident License Fees:
$33
1-Day $12

Non-Resident License Fees:
10-Day $121

Purchase License Online

Visit State DNR Website

*prior to hunting, always verify all local rules and regulations with the appropriate state agencies because these laws are continually changing and are often area specific
 

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State Drought Monitor – Upland hunting conditions are often highly dependent upon moisture for both habitat production and bird survival.

Ring-Necked Pheasant

South Dakota Ring-Necked Pheasant Season

October 20 – January 6, 2019

Limits: 3 per day, 15 possession

Sharptail Grouse

South Dakota Sharp-Tailed Grouse Season

September 15 – January 6, 2019

Limits: 3 per day, 15 possession in aggregate with Ruffed and Prairie Chicken

Ruffed Grouse

South Dakota Ruffed Grouse Season

September 15 – January 6, 2019

Limits: 3 per day, 15 possession in aggregate with Sharptail and Prairie Chicken

Prairie Chicken

South Dakota Prairie Chicken Season

September 15 – January 6, 2019

Limits: 3 per day, 15 possession in aggregate with Sharptail and Ruffed

Hungarian Partridge

South Dakota Hungarian Partridge Season

September 15 – January 6, 2019

Limits: 5 per day, 15 possession in aggregate with Chukar

Chukar

South Dakota Chukar Season

September 15 – January 6, 2019

Limits: 5 per day, 15 possession in aggregate with Huns

Sage Grouse

South Dakota Sage Grouse Season

Season Closed 2018

40 Resident Hunting Permits

Limit: 1 per season

Bobwhite Quail

South Dakota Bobwhite Quail Season

October 20 – January 6, 2019

Limit: 5 per day, 15 possession

Upland Monster

Bag Limits Creating Monsters

The first game bird bag limits in this country were established by the state of Iowa in 1878 as a way to protect remaining populations of Prairie Chicken, Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock. Iowa didn’t employ game wardens until nine years later, so it remains a mystery how such limits were enforced.* Today, bag limits are … Read more

Drought Image

Upland Birds Seeing Red

The US Drought Monitor Map gives a pretty depressing view for more than half the country. There is a distinct yellow to deep red tone painting most of the areas west of the Mississippi and south of the Oregon Trail. The Drought Monitor uses a number of factors – soil moisture, streamflow, precipitation and more … Read more