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Deer, Antelope, Buffalo, and Turkey
                                                                    Central South Dakota offers a good assortment of big
                                                                  game, including whitetail deer, mule deer, antelope and
                                                                  turkey. These are hunted in separate firearm and archery
                                                                  seasons occurring in August-December, with a second turkey
                                                                  season from April to mid-May. Antelope, whitetails and mule
                                                                  deer inhabit areas west of the Missouri River, including
                                                                  the Fort Pierre National Grassland. East of the river, look
                                                                  for whitetails in farmed areas. Wild turkeys are found in
                                                                  wooded and brushy areas along the river.

                                                                                                Prairie Dogs and
                                                                                                  Year-round hunting
                                                                                                and few  restrictions
                                                                                                make coyotes and
                                                                                                prairie dogs popular
                                                                                                off-season game.
        Waterfowl                                                                                 Found throughout
          More than 15 million ducks and 750,000 geese                                          South Dakota’s prairies
        travel through South Dakota each October-January as                                     and rolling hills, prairie
        they migrate toward warmer climates. Located along                                      dogs may be hunted
        the Missouri River - the main corridor for many of these                                all year on private
        waterfowl - Pierre offers excellent hunting of mallards,                                lands with the owner’s
        pintails, gadwall, teal ducks and Canadian snow and                                       permission and on
        blue geese. February through May brings a second                                          public lands, such
        season, specifically for snow geese.                                                      as the  Fort Pierre
                                                                                                  National Grassland.
        Pheasant and Grouse                                    (National Grasslands Phone: 605.224.5517)
          The Fort Pierre National Grassland supports premier grouse
        hunting as well as maintaining an excellent population of   Sporting Clays
        pheasants. The territories of these gamebirds also overlap along   The fastest growing shotgun sport in the nation, sporting clays
        the Missouri River, and recent surveys show healthy populations   give hunters a chance to sharpen their skills during the season
        of both in the Pierre area, where the hunting season on public   as well as off-season.  The Willow Creek course is located within
        lands runs from mid-October through beginning of January.   a 20-minutes drive of Fort Pierre.  www.willowcreekwildlife.
          Numerous commercially operated preserves in Pierre offer   com.  The Izaak Walton League Course is located in Pierre -
        pheasant hunting until early spring. Look for pheasants in   605.224.9723.
        farmed fields, tree strips and wetlands; grouse prefer native
        prairie grass and brushy areas.                        Hunting Licenses
                                                                 A license is always required for hunting big or small game.
                                                               South Dakota issues resident and nonresident hunting licenses
                                                               in game-specific categories; application deadlines typically
                                                               fall two to four months before the season opens. Nonresident
                                                               licenses are available for all kinds of game, though some are
                                                               available only via lottery. Visit for season dates
                                                               and license application deadlines, and avoid disappointment
                                                               by planning your trip well ahead of hunting season.
                                                                 U.S. and Canadian citizens who are over 16 and have valid
                                                               Social Security numbers (not required of Canadian citizens) can
                                                               purchase over-the-counter licenses online at;
                                                               a credit card and a printer are needed to buy the license and
                                                               print it for use. Parents may purchase youth permits for their

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