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private Shooting Preserve Permits

A shooting preserve requires compliance with various laws and rules, minimum release/harvest of birds and record-keeping requirements for such a permit. This type of operation marketing costs, lodging facilities, plantings for dense nesting cover, food plots and wide tree belts for increased winter season bird survival.

Any individual may charge a hunter to hunt on leased or privately owned land and may release pen-reared pheasants into an area to supplement native bird numbers for hunting. These birds may be purchased as day old chicks (raised for later release) or older fully colored adult type birds.

If an individual chooses to raise or hold birds in confinement for future releases, they must first obtain a Captive Game Bird license from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. The Noncommercial Captive Game Bird license allows an individual to raise and release game birds, but they cannot be sold or offered for sale. The license fee is $10 for residents and $20 for nonresidents.

Shooting preserve operators are exempt from purchasing a Captive Game Bird license if the birds they raise are used only for release and are not allowed for sale. A Commercial Captive Game Bird License, authorizes the licensee to possess, produce, release from captivity, sell, offer for sale, and ship game birds. The license fee is $50 for residents and $100 for nonresidents.

  • Contact 605.223.7668 for an application.

Anyone can hunt and release birds without a shooting preserve permit, provided the hunting takes place during the traditional pheasant hunting season in addition to compliance with shooting hours, bag limits and required state licenses. This commercial type of hunting can be used by anyone, without having 1) a licensed shooting preserve, 2) minimum release requirement for the birds, and 3) record-keeping requirements for bird release or harvest.