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Ruffed Grouse

Ruffed Grouse are limited to the nothern Black Hills region of South Dakota.


The pheasant hunting opportunities in South Dakota continue to be the best in the country.

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Sharp-tailed grouse are primarily distributed across prairie-dominated landscapes of central and western South Dakota.

Season Information

Ruffed Grose / Sharp-tailed Grouse Gray Partridge and Chukar Pheasant
Season Dates Sept 15 - Jan 6 Sept 15 - Jan 6 Resident Only
Oct 13 - Oct 15

Everyone Else
Oct 20 - Jan 6
Limits 3 (daily)
15 (possession)

includes sharp-tailed grouse and great prairie-chicken
5 (daily)
15 (possession)
3 (daily)
15 (possession)

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Hunting in South Dakota

South Dakota is renowned world-wide for its pheasant hunting, and rightfully so. Did you know that only three times in the past 20 years has the annual pheasant harvest been under 1 million roosters, and those "down" years had well over 900,000 harvested birds.

Hunting Areas

South Dakota has over 5 million acres of hunting opportunity on public land as well as on private land leased for public hunting. he South Dakota Public Hunting Atlas is a hunter's guide to all lands open to public access. Access includes federal and state-owned lands ...

Public Hunting Atlas

The SDGFP Hunt/Fish application lets users view the hunting and fishing regulations, apply for licenses to hunt and fish in South Dakota, reserve a campsite in one of the state parks, and view maps of public hunting and fishing opportunities.

Offline Public Hunting Atlas

If you own a mobile device such as an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android (4.0.3 or newer) or windows you can take the SD Public Hunting Atlas offline with you..

Hunting Access Programs

Learn more about the variety of hunter access programs in South Dakota. Including Walk-in Area Program (WIA), Controlled Hunting Access Program (CHAP), and the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).

Pheasant Hunting Information

Find information on booking a pheasant hunt, guided hunts, unguided hunts, license info, pheasant history in the US, pheasant ecology, pheasant facts, and more.

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