Tuesday, September 15, 2020

SD 2020 Pheasant Hunting Season Dates and Information


Pheasant Season -Youth Only Season Dates
Start: Sep 26, 2020
End: Oct 4, 2020

Pheasant Season - Resident Only Season Dates
Start: Oct 10, 2020
End: Oct 12, 2020

Pheasant Season - TraditionalSeason Dates
Start: Oct 17, 2020
End: Jan 3, 2021

GFP Commission Extends Pheasant Hunting Season, Keeps Bag Limits at 3 and Allows Unrestricted Harvest on Shooting Preserves

September 4, 2020

PIERRE, S.D. - For the first time in the history of South Dakota pheasant hunting, pheasant hunters will be able to begin hunting pheasants at 10 a.m. CT (9 a.m. MT) for the entire pheasant season, including the resident-only season, which begins this year on Saturday, October 10.

Hunters will also have the opportunity to hunt ringnecks for a couple of extra weeks as the Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission extended the season to January 31, 2021. 

Daily Limit:

3 rooster pheasants

Possession Limit:

15 rooster pheasants, taken according to the daily limit. The limit accrues at the rate of 3 birds a day, and 15 birds may not be possessed until after the fifth day of hunting.

Open Area:

All of South Dakota except the following: Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Brown County is open Dec. 10, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020. Renziehausen Game Production Area and Game Bird Refuge in Brown and Marshall Counties, Gerken Game Bird Refuge in Faulk County and White Lake Game Bird Refuge in Marshall County are open Dec. 1, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020.

Shooting Hours:

Noon Central Time for the first 7 days of the season; 10 a.m. Central Time, to sunset the rest of the season. Central Time is used for opening shooting hours statewide.

License Requirements:

Residents: Small Game License, any Combination License, Youth Small Game License or 1-Day Small Game License Nonresidents: Nonresident Small Game License or Nonresident Youth Small Game License (each valid for two 5-day hunting periods; start dates must be identified before license issued). Multiple licenses may be purchased to hunt more than the two 5-day periods allowed by one license.

Make sure to check with the official state DNR / Game / Hunting authorities to confirm that no changes to the seasons have taken place.