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South Dakota - 2016-17 Season

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Apr 9 - May 22All units except Davison/Hanson (8A & B), Clay (19A & B) Lincoln (44A & B) & Union (62A & B) counties
All state parks, recreation areas and lakeside use areas closed after Apr 30 except Sica Hollow SP and Cheyenne River Lakeside Use Area.
Black Hills & Custer State Park
Apr 9 - May 22
Spring ArcheryApr 2 - May 22
Spring Mentored Youth HuntVaries by unit
FallNov 1 - Jan 31Excludes Custer SP, which is closed
Fall Mentored Youth HuntNov 1 - Jan 31Hunters age 10-16 accompanied by a licensed mentor. Note: Mentored spring hunt varies by unit; check with local authorities.

Additional Information

Bag LimitLicense DrawingLimit
First or Second1
ThirdSpring: Up to 5 licenses
Fall: Up to 2 licenses
Subsequent drawingsSpring: Unlimited
Fall: Up to 2 licenses
Mentored Youth Hunters1 license, no drawing
Hunting TimesAreaTimes
Statewide1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
Arms & AmmoTypeDetails
Rifles &
Must use ammo rated to product min. 700 ft-lbs of energy at the muzzle
HandgunsMust use ammo rated to product min. 500 ft-lbs of energy at the muzzle
MuzzleloadersMinimum .44 caliber rifle
Shotguns permitted
ArcheryMin. 40lb pull
ArrowsMin. 26" long shaft
Metal broadheads with at least 2 cutting edges with min. 7/8" cutting diameter