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2018-2020 pheasant hunting seasons announced

The South Dakota pheasant hunting seasons have been set for the next three years.

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed no changes to the Youth, Resident Only and Traditional pheasant hunting seasons at their April meeting. Since no changes were proposed, these seasons are set for the next three years as described below.

Youth Pheasant

• October 6-10, 2018

• October 5-9, 2019

• October 3-7, 2020

Resident Pheasant

• October 13-15, 2018

• October 12-14, 2019

• October 10-12, 2020

Traditional Pheasant

• October 20, 2018 – January 6, 2019

• October 19, 2019 – January 5, 2020

• October 17, 2020 – January 3, 2021

For more information on planning your next hunt, visit https://gfp.sd.gov/pheasant/.

2018-2020 small game seasons announced

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed no changes to the following small game hunting seasons: grouse, quail, Sandhill crane, snipe, partridge, squirrel, cottontail rabbit, mourning dove and crow. Since no changes were proposed, these seasons are set for the next three years as described below.

Grouse

• September 15, 2018 – January 6, 2019

• September 21, 2019 – January 5, 2020

• September 19, 2020 – January 3, 2021

Quail

• October 20, 2018 – January 6, 2019

• October 19, 2019 – January 5, 2020

• October 17, 2020 – January 3, 2021

Sandhill Crane

• September 22 – November 18, 2018

• September 28 – November 24, 2019

• September 26 – November 22, 2020

Snipe

• September 1 – October 31, 2018

• September 1 – October 31, 2019

• September 1 – October 31, 2020

Partridge

• September 15, 2018 – January 6, 2019

• September 21, 2019 – January 5, 2020

• September 19, 2020 – January 3, 2021

Squirrel

• September 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019

• September 1, 2019 – February 29, 2020

• September 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021

Cottontail Rabbit

• September 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019

• September 1, 2019 – February 29, 2020

• September 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021

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Mourning Dove

• September 1 – November 9, 2018

• September 1 – November 9, 2019

• September 1 – November 9, 2020

Crow

• September 1 – October 31, 2018

March 1 – April 30, 2019

• September 1 – October 31, 2019

March 1 – April 30, 2020

• September 1 – October 31, 2020

March 1 – April 30, 2021

For additional information on these seasons and planning your next hunt, visit https://gfp.sd.gov/hunt/.

2018 and 2019 elk hunting seasons set

 The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission allocated 222 licenses for the 2018 and 2019 archery elk hunting seasons. The season will run the month of September for both years and will have 142 any elk and 80 antlerless elk licenses available.

The 2018 and 2019 Black Hills elk hunting seasons will have 425 any elk and 700 antlerless elk licenses available for both years. The 2018 and 2019 prairie elk hunting seasons will have 68 any elk and 73 antlerless elk licenses available for both years. Harding County (Unit 35A) has been added to the prairie elk hunting season.

Custer State Park any elk hunters are now allowed to firearm hunt the entire month of October with nine any elk licenses available. In addition, 60 antlerless elk licenses are available among six different units with specified season dates for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

West River deer hunting season proposed

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to reinstate days in which only antlerless licenses are valid for the West River season for 2018.

The proposed season would run:

• Unit 30A (Gregory): November 3-6 and November 19-25, 2018

• All Other Units: November 10-25, 2018

• Antlerless Deer Tags: December 8-16, 2018

The GFP Commission will consider adopting this proposal on May 3-4 at Creekside Lodge in Custer State Park. To comment in person, the public hearing will be held May 3 at 2 p.m. MDT. Individuals can also provide written comments on commission rule proposals by sending them to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501, or via email to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be included in the public record and to be considered by the Commission, comments must include a full name and city of residence and meet the submission deadline of 72 hours before the public hearing (not including the day of the public hearing) per HB 1006.

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