South Dakota hunting and fishing licenses experience strong sales

Thayne Muthler

Throughout the first four months of the year, South Dakota hunting and fishing license sales have remained consistent, according to Tom Kirschenmann, the head of the state's Wildlife Division. He informed the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Commission that, for the most part, they are hitting their three-year averages. Additionally, Kirschenmann said that purchases of yearly fishing licenses to locals had been very robust, hitting a four-year high.

Sales of licenses for small-game hunting have also increased. Sales increased to 5,207 in April from 4,050 in the previous year, 2,293 in 2022, and 1,349 in 2021. The reason for this spike is because the pheasant shooting season has been extended through January.

Sales of habitat stamps have increased to an all-time high since the Legislature's 2020 requirement. In South Dakota, a stamp must now be acquired in addition to a hunting or fishing license for anybody who is 18 years of age or older. That being said, obtaining numerous licenses does not need obtaining multiple stamps. Each stamp costs $10 for residents and $25 for non-residents. Overall, Kirschenmann was quite satisfied, saying, "Everything is going quite nicely." "I think we are making excellent advances," said Vermillion commission chair Stephanie Rissler in agreement.