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Nest Predator Bounty Program

Website Notice: 
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks has contracted with Responsive Management to conduct a statewide study of residents and program participants to measure opinions on trapping and the Nest Predator Bounty Program. Residents may receive a phone call from Responsive Management asking them to participate in a telephone survey about the program; residents do not have to have knowledge of or experience with the program or wildlife in general to participate. Selection for participation from among residents is random to maintain a scientifically valid study. Those who participated in the program this year will receive a call, letter, postcard, or email asking them to share their experience with and opinions on the program. If you receive a call at home or on your cell phone; a survey, letter, and/or postcard in the mail; or an email about the study, please consider participating in the survey to assist South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks in evaluating the attitudes toward and impacts of the Nest Predator Bounty Program. 

If you have any questions about the study, please contact (Keith Fisk, at 

The Nest Predator Bounty Program will be closing on Monday, August 12 at 5 p.m.  

Species Included: These primary nest predators - raccoons, striped skunks, badgers, opossums, and red fox. 

Time Period: An individual can trap these five species year-round.  The bounty program will run during the nesting season of April 1 – August 12 at 5 p.m. for the potential increased nest success of pheasants and ducks. 

Frequently Asked Questions: A frequently asked questions document can be found here.

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is focused on increasing participation in trapping from all ages while at the same time, reducing localized populations of nest predators as a way to enhance pheasant and duck nest success.

While the nest predator bounty program is a new incentive based program, the activity of trapping nest predators during the nesting season has been a utilized management technique for decades. Trapping is central to wildlife management, conservation and sustaining our state's outdoor traditions for the next generation.

Primary program goals include:

  • Enhance duck and pheasant nest success.
  • Increase trapping participation, awareness and education.
  • Ensure South Dakota’s hunting and trapping heritage remains strong for the next 100 years.
  • Get the next generation involved and interested in outdoor recreation, conservation and wildlife management while increasing support for habitat.

Raccoon, striped skunk, badger, opossum, and red fox are the eligible species for this program. The nest predator bounty program begins April 1, 2019, and will conclude August 12, 2019 at 5 p.m.  as the $500,000 cap is being reached. This is a South Dakota resident-only program.

Participants will receive $10 per tail for the following species outlined above. Participants must submit the tail bone and entire tail of these species to receive payment. Participants may submit up to $590 worth of tails per household.

Participants will receive an email confirmation of the transaction. 

Tails can be submitted at the following GFP offices, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm:

  • Aberdeen: 605.626.2391, 5850 E. Hwy 12
  • Chamberlain: 605.734.4530, 1550 E. King Ave.
  • Ft. Pierre: 605.223.7680, 20641 SD Hwy 1806
  • Huron: 605.353.7145, 895 3rd Street SW
  • Mobridge: 605.845.7814, 909 Lake Front Drive
  • Rapid City: 605.394.2391, 4130 Adventure Trail
  • Sioux Falls: 605.362.2700, 4500 S. Oxbow Ave.
  • Watertown: 605.882.5200, 400 West Kemp
  • Webster: 605.345.3381, 603 E. 8th Ave.

*Customers will be told that for bounty submissions outside of these office locations and times to contact their local wildlife conservation officer or wildlife damage specialist, on a case-by-case basis. This contact information can be found online at

License Requirements:

  • No license is required for residents to participate in the program.
  • Participants must comply with South Dakota trapping and hunting rules and regulations. Rules and regulations can be found in the current hunting and trapping handbook or online at

Additional information and requirements:

  • All animals submitted for this program must have been trapped in South Dakota.
  • With the warmer weather, participants are asked to freeze all eligible tails prior to submission or bring them in within three days of being caught.
    • GFP recommends that participants either bring the tail in the day of harvest or freeze them until they can be submitted.
  • Road kill animals are not eligible.
  • Payment will not be received upon submission of the tail(s). GFP will process payments and send a check in the mail approximately every 30 days.
  • Animals must be trapped by the program participant within this timeframe:
    April 1 - August 12.
  • Upon tail submission, participants are required to sign a legal affidavit indicating the tails were obtained during the time period outlined above and that they came from an animal they trapped. Participants under the age of 18 will need their parent/legal guardian to sign a legal affidavit on their behalf.