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2023 Small Game Hunting Guide

Ring-Necked Pheasant Season

  • Dates: Oct. 21–Jan. 31
  • Open Area: All of South Dakota, with specific areas having altered dates:
    • Renziehausen Game Production Area and Game Bird Refuges: Open Dec. 1–Jan. 31.
    • Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge: Open Dec. 11–Jan. 31.
  • Daily Limit: 3 rooster pheasants.
  • Possession Limit: 15 rooster pheasants, accumulating at 3 birds per day, full possession allowed after 5 days of hunting.
  • Shooting Hours: 10 a.m. to sunset, Central Time.

Resident-Only Ring-Necked Pheasant Season

  • Dates: Oct. 14-16
  • Open Area: Public lands statewide, including specific federal and state lands.
  • Daily Limit: 3 rooster pheasants.
  • Possession Limit: 9 rooster pheasants, full possession after the third day.
  • Shooting Hours: 10 a.m. to sunset, Central Time.

Youth Ring-Necked Pheasant Season

  • Dates: Sept. 30–Oct. 8
  • Open Area: Statewide on private and public lands.
  • Eligibility: Resident and nonresident youth aged 12-17, with proper licensing and hunter education.
  • Special Requirements: Accompanied by an unarmed adult, recommended fluorescent orange attire.
  • Daily and Possession Limits & Shooting Hours: Same as Resident-Only Season.

Prairie Chicken and Sharp-Tailed Grouse

  • Dates: Sept. 16–Jan. 7
  • Open Area: Statewide.
  • Daily Limit: 3 (any combination).
  • Possession Limit: 15 (any combination), full possession after 5 days.
  • Shooting Hours: Sunrise to sunset.

Gray Partridge and Chukar

  • Dates: Sept. 16–Jan. 7
  • Open Area: Statewide.
  • Daily Limit: 5 (any combination).
  • Possession Limit: 15 (any combination), full possession after the third day.
  • Shooting Hours: Sunrise to sunset.

Quail Season

  • Dates: Oct. 21–Jan. 7
  • Open Area: Statewide.
  • Daily Limit: 5 (any combination).
  • Possession Limit: 15 (any combination), full possession after the third day.
  • Shooting Hours: Sunrise to sunset.

Attention Hunters

  • Dog Safety: Be cautious of potential hazards to dogs on public lands, including traps and snaring. Trapping permission is required on certain public lands.
  • Non-Toxic Shot Requirement: Most public lands mandate the use of non-toxic shot for small game hunting.
  • Voluntary Submission: Prairie chicken and grouse hunters are encouraged to submit wings at collection sites for population monitoring.
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