|Ruffed Grose / Sharp-tailed Grouse||Gray Partridge and Chukar||Pheasant|
|Season Dates||Sept 15 - Jan 6||Sept 15 - Jan 6||
Oct 13 - Oct 15
Oct 20 - Jan 6
includes sharp-tailed grouse and great prairie-chicken
see see gfp.sd.gov for details
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.
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 ...
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.
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..
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).
Find information on booking a pheasant hunt, guided hunts, unguided hunts, license info, pheasant history in the US, pheasant ecology, pheasant facts, and more.
A cold April could hurt South Dakota's pheasants and prairie grouse. The Pierre Capital Journal reports that the weather has suppressed growth of cool-season grasses and appears to be delaying the start of nesting. Fresh, green plants are a key food source for birds trying to grow eggs before they nest.Read More
It’s the pheasants. According to the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department, there have only been three times in two decades that the annual pheasant harvest has dipped below one million roosters. When those harvests did take a dip, they remained well above a hearty 900,000. With such staggering numbers, it makes sense why South Dakota has the reputation it has for bird hunting. Besides the monolithic success of pheasant hunting, South Dakota offers an array of environments and other species to go with them.Read More
Outsmarting a pheasant isn’t easy. Pheasants will pattern even the most experienced hunter and only a witty hunter willing to give pheasants what they haven’t seen will always hit the daily bag limit. And when you talk about daily bag limit, the first question that comes to mind is, where do you hunt?Read More
In this report, Pheasants Forever takes a tour through the core of pheasant range, looking at what’s been happening in the field so far and turning an eye toward the late season that is now upon us. If there’s a consensus here, it’s this: There are still roosters out there for the hunter willing to work a little bit, in part thanks to generally late corn harvests that helped many roosters evade early-season, fair-weather-only hunters.Read more
This season marks the 99th opening day in the history of South Dakota's most popular game bird. Much has changed since hunters first took to the field in pursuit of pheasants nearly a century ago, but the excitement surrounding this bird most certainly remains.Read more
“The statewide Pheasants Per Mile (PPM) index for the 2017 pheasant brood survey decreased 45% (3.05 to 1.68) compared to the 2016 statewide index,” reports Travis Runia, Senior Upland Game Biologist with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.Read more
South Dakota pheasant hunting is not just another trap shooting sessionIt requires a bit of knowledge, skills and abilities to bring home your limit of wild South Dakota rooster. Although getting your basic rhythm may take a bit of time depending on your hand-eye coordination, preparation is the key to success!Read more
The Flush seeks out North America's top upland bird hunting destinations and brings the wild action to viewers each week on Outdoor Channel. Join hosts Travis Frank, Ron Schara & Bill Sherck as they hit the fields in search of unforgettable adventures and the ultimate bird flush.
A crisp morning, a hunting dog named "Gunner" and a lot of pheasant makes for a great day in White Lake, South Dakota.
PFTH host Jason Mitchell joins Brad Donald from Wings of Thunder Lodge near Kimball, South Dakota for a late season pheasant hunt. Exceptional dog work and huge numbers of pheasants!