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COVID-19 General Information

As our state faces the COVID-19 pandemic, Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is working hard to make sure South Dakota’s outdoors are open to be used safely and responsibly. However, COVID-19 has impacted day-to-day operations and outdoor recreation. 

General COVID-19 Information

  • The outdoors remain open.
  • Recreate responsibly.
  • Everyone who recreates in South Dakota has a personal responsibility to practice good stewardship and respect for their surroundings as well as for their fellow friends, families and neighbors – now more than ever.

Tag Returns

  • Hunters holding a South Dakota firearms deer, prairie antelope, mentored antelope, tundra swan, nonresident waterfowl, resident special goose, fall turkey, or mentor turkey license have the opportunity to return the license for a full refund.
  • Hunters are not required to return their tags-tag returns are entirely voluntary.
  • Hunters returning their license will receive a full refund and retain their preference points.
  • Simply send a note requesting a refund due to COVID-19, and your license to: GFP Licensing Office, 20641 SD Hwy 1806, Ft. Pierre, SD 57532.
  • The following tags must be postmarked by September 25:
    • Nonresident Waterfowl
    • Tundra Swan
    • Prairie Antelope
    • Mentored Antelope
    • Resident Special Goose
  • The following tags must be postmarked by October 31:
    • Firearm Deer Seasons
    • Fall Turkey
    • Mentored Turkey
  • Read more about tag returns.

COVID-19 Information on Access 

COVID-19 Information on Hunting and Fishing

COVID-19 Information related to Educational Activities

COVID-19 Information for Parks and Camping

Contact South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks 

What is open and what is closed?
  • Open opportunities for outdoor recreation that require limited contact with other individuals: 
    • Shooting and archery ranges 
    • Hunting seasons
    • Fishing (and boat ramps)
    • Fish cleaning stations
    • Bathrooms
    • Disk golf courses
    • And, of course, our trails. 
  • Other facilities or services related to frequently touched surfaces are likely unavailable.

Recommendations from Governor Noem and the CDC:

  • Recreate locally and responsibly. 
  • Practice social distancing and avoid crowds.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Stay home if you have any symptoms and contact your doctor.

Additional Information on COVID-19:

The most recent GFP Podcast and Blast episodes have discussed everything you need to know regarding outdoor recreation in South Dakota as we address COVID-19. You can find these episodes here:

Please make mindful decisions as you care for yourself and your loved ones. For more information on COVID-19 in South Dakota,