Bobwhite Quail

Season Dates: Oct. 18, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015
Open Area: Statewide
Daily Limit: 5
Possession Limit: 15

Bobwhite quail are named for their distinctive call, a rising whistle bob White-bob bob White. South Dakota is on the extreme northern range for these birds, and are most likely found in the southeastern part of the state.

Bobwhites may be found in a variety of semi-open areas including farmland, ditches, woodland edges and brushy meadows. Seeds and insects make up a large share of this birds diet.

The birds nearly always forage on the ground, but will occasionally move into low shrubs and vegetation. They are usually be found in coveys in the fall. One trait the bird is noted for is "freezing" when alarmed to allow its camouflage coloring to blend into its surroundings.

License Requirements:
  • Residents need: Small Game, or Combination, or Junior Combination, or Youth Small Game; or 1-Day Small Game
  • Nonresidents need: Nonresident Small Game, or Nonresident Youth Small Game
  • Purchase a license online: Purchase and print off your license from the comfort of your home.
  • You may purchase your license by visiting these storefront license agents

Hunting Regulations: A summary of the rules and regulations that guide your hunt.

Public Hunting Areas: We offer over 1 million acres of Walk-In Areas (private land leased for public hunting) to supplement our many other public hunting opportunities. Not only can you access these maps, but we offer options to personalize maps to meet your needs and even download map information to your GPS unit.

Hunter Harvest Survey Reports: A scientific sampling of hunters is taken after many hunting seasons. The information you provide is not only valuable to our biologists, but is good background information for you on the past year