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Small Game

The pheasant owns bragging rights to South Dakota hunting, but we are also home to some of the most popular small game hunting animals in the nation: mourning dove, cottontail rabbit, squirrel, sharptail grouse, and more.

Don't limit yourself. Your South Dakota small game hunting license is your passport to all of these opportunities.

Small Game Hunting Season Date Table

Season Start End
American Crow (fall) Sept. 1 Oct. 31
American Crow (spring) Mar. 1 April 30
Bobwhite Quail Oct. 18, 2014 Jan. 4, 2015
Common Snipe Sept. 1 Oct. 31
Cottontail Rabbit Sept. 1 Feb. 28
Mourning Dove Sept. 1 Oct. 31
Partridge Sept. 20, 2014 Jan. 4, 2015
Pheasant Oct. 18, 2014 Jan. 4, 2015
Sharptail, Ruffed Grouse/Prairie Chicken Sept. 20, 2014 Jan. 4, 2015
Sage Grouse No season
Tree Squirrel Sept. 1 Feb. 28

Turn In Poachers (TIPs)

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Healthy Hunter

The Healthy Hunter website was created to help hunters be more active and eat healthier as they prepare for the hunting season.


Learn more about outdoor cooking, wild game recipes, and more ...