Photo © Heather Berg

Nest Predator Bounty Program

Research has shown that intensive trapping efforts can result in site-specific improvements in nesting success for pheasants and ducks. Bounties have long been used as a method to create financial incentives to increase overall harvest of certain furbearers to benefit other wildlife species.

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. GFP encourages individuals to focus on trapping these critters during the nesting season of April 1 – August 31 for the potential increased nest success of pheasants and ducks. 

License Requirements: 

  • No license required if you are under the age of 16 years old.
  • No license required if you are a landowner trapping on property they own/operate.
  • No furbearer license is required during the period of April 1 – August 31.
    • You must still have a resident hunting license to trap during this time. A license could include a small game hunting license or combination hunting and fishing license or a resident big game tag like turkey or deer.
  • Participants must follow all trapping rules and regulations.

Bounty Amount and Tail Submission: $10 per tail for the following species: raccoon, striped skunk, badger, possum and red fox. All participants must submit the tail of these species to local Wildlife Conservation Officers, Wildlife Damage Specialists or any GFP office to receive payment. 

  • Payment will not be received upon submission of the tail(s). GFP will send a check in the mail on a monthly basis.
  • Upon submission, participants will be required to sign an affidavit indicating the tails were obtained after April 1, 2019, and came from an animal they directly harvested.
  • Participants will be allowed to collect an unlimited number of tails.
  • If the annual amount collected by a participant exceeds $600 dollars, a 1099 Form is required for IRS tax collection purposes. Participants will receive an email confirmation of the transaction.

Live Trap Giveaway Program: GFP is giving away live traps to South Dakota residents to help in this effort.