Hunting, Fishing and Furbearer Licenses
(Fishing, Small Game, Combination, Furbearer, Predator/Varmint, Migratory Bird). General licenses are available in unlimited quantities and are sold through over four-hundred agent locations across the state, or they can be purchased online.
Limited Issue Licenses
(Deer, Antelope, Elk, Mt. Goat, Bighorn Sheep, Turkey, Waterfowl, Mountain Lion, and Paddlefish) Limited issue licenses are usually issued through a lottery application process. You can submit a paper application by mail, or apply online.
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To address shortfalls in revenues, the Department of Game, Fish and Parks and the GFP Commission have taken steps to align current spending and planned future expenditures with current and future revenues. Declines in license sales and increased costs associated with state-provided health care and salaries along with inflation (estimated by US Bureau of labor statistics to be 20% from 2005 to 2013) eroded the ability of GFP to generate sufficient revenue to maintain the current level of programs and services.
The plan includes three components.
- First, the Department has instituted spending reductions that will decrease expenditures during Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014) by approximately $2.5 million dollars. These spending reductions are primarily contained within allocated funding for equipment, supplies and travel costs. The target of spending reductions is focused on budgeted items that will have minimal immediate impact on the current GFP programs and services.
- The second step being taken by the Department is a process of identification of current programs and services that can be funded by federally-collected excise taxes. Availability of these federal funds has increased due to a recent national spike in purchase of firearms and ammunition. The Department has identified $2.3 million in programmatic expenditures where federal dollars could supplant funding currently originating from state license fee collections. GFP is in the process of filing the federal grant requirements to utilize this funding.
- Lastly, the Department recommended and the GFP Commission recently adopted adjustments to most hunting and fishing license fees. Based upon 2014 license sales projections, these fee increases will generate just under $2.0 million in revenue during calendar year 2014. The last year when a general fee increase package was adopted by the GFP Commission was in 2005.
Implementation of these three steps will allow GFP to maintain the current level of programs and services that the citizens of South Dakota and our state's visitors have come to expect.
Disabled Hunter Licenses
- Reduced Fee Hunting and Fishing card for persons with total disability and certain veterans - South Dakota residents who qualify and are approved will be issued a Disabled/Veteran Hunting and Fishing Card for a $10 fee. Persons with Developmental Dissabilities - South Dakota residents who qualify and are approved will be issued a Developmentally Disabled Fishing Card for a $10 fee.
- Total Disability Reduced Fee Application (Developmentally disabled applications will not be processed until the rule is put into effect, these licenses will be mailed from the licensing office around mid June)
- Veterans Disability Reduced Fee Application
- Disabled Hunter Permit - allows a qualified hunter to lawfully shoot game animals from a stationary motor vehicle (normally illegal).
- Designated Shooter - The applicant may designate one shooter to legally hunt or take game on their behalf.
Nursing Facility Group Fishing License
- Nursing homes applying for this license must be licensed by the state as a nursing facility.
- The license only applies to permanent residents of the nursing home. It does not apply to staff or employees of the nursing home.
- Daily limits for individuals participating in the group fishing license shall be the same as for resident fishing licenses.
- Cost of the license is $35.
- Nursing homes wishing to apply for this license should send a request on their company letterhead to the Licensing Office, 20641 SD Hwy 1806, Ft. Pierre, SD 57532. The letter must contain the Nursing Home license number for the facility and the number of beds in the facility.