august management take for canada geese
South Dakota Residents Only
Season Dates: August 16-31
Open Area: Brookings, Brown, Clark, Codington, Day, Deuel, Hamlin, Hanson, Hutchinson, Grant, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, Marshall, McCook, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Pennington, Roberts, Spink, Turner and Union counties.
Daily Bag Limit: 15 Canada Geese
Possession Limit: None
- Annual resident Small Game or Combination license
- AND State Migratory Bird Certification.
- Federal stamp is not required.
Shooting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
All other restrictions are the same as for the regular goose season, including nontoxic shot requirements.
Waterfowl Hunting Tools
- Waterfowl population index / hunting opportunity thunderstorm map.
The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks will be updating this map to assist hunters with their scouting and hunting of waterfowl. The map will be updated on a weekly basis by area GFP field staff.
- 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.
- 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.
Your participation can help reduce the Canada Goose population and help Sportsmen Against Hungers' campaign to feed the hungry!
Help feed the hungry with Sportsmen Against Hungers' goose donation program. Geese taken from August 16-31 and September 1-19 may be donated to these participating processors. FREE - it does not cost you to donate your geese! View Sportsmen Against Hunger website for a list of participating processors.
Did You Know?
Resident Canada goose numbers have shown an increasing trend since the early 1990's in South Dakota and are monitored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's annual May Breeding Waterfowl Survey. This survey showed a spring population index of 270,000 Canada geese in South Dakota during 2012. The most recent 3-year average (2008-2010) is 143,000 birds. This is significantly higher than our management plan goal of 80,000-90,000. These large numbers of resident Canada geese are causing significant crop depredation in eastern South Dakota. The August Management Take is a tool intended to help reduce the Canada goose population. An estimated 30,300 Canada geese were harvested during the 2011 August Management Take.