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Predator and Varmint Hunting

South Dakota offers sportsmen/women many great opportunities for predator calling and varmint hunting. Both of these activities are a great way to extend recreational opportunities.

The information below is for the hunting of these species, for trapping information, visit the Trapping page.

Seasons begin at sunrise of opening day and end at sunset of closing day. License requirements for each species are listed on the bottom of this page.

Coyote
Prairie Dog
Wolf
Raccoon
Bobcat
Beaver
Muskrat
Mink and Weasel
Gopher, Ground Squirrel, Jackrabbit, Porcupine, Marmot, Badger, Red Fox, Gray Fox, Skunk, Opossum

License Requirements for Hunting predator/varmint

Species
Resident
Nonresident
Coyote, Red/Gray Fox, Skunk

One of the following:
Predator/Varmint license, or
furbearer license, or
any resident hunting license.
No license required for youth under age 16.

One of the following:
Nonresident Predator/Varmint license, or
any nonresident hunting license.
Raccoon, Badger
One of the following:
Predator/Varmint license, or
furbearer license, or
any resident hunting license.
No license required for youth under age 16.
Nonresident Furbearer License
Bobcat, Opossum, Mink, Weasel, Beaver, Muskrat

Furbearer license.
No license required for youth under age 16

Nonresident Furbearer License
Prairie Dog, Gopher, Ground Squirrel, Jackrabbit, Porcupine, Marmot
One of the following:
Predator/Varmint license, or
furbearer license, or
any resident hunting license.
No license required for youth under age 16.
One of the following:
Nonresident predator/varmint license, or
nonresident furbearer license, or
any nonresident hunting license.