COVID-19 Information on Hunting and Fishing


  • Hunting seasons remain open to individuals with a valid hunting license/tag.
  • Recreate responsibly.
  • Hunters may return their big game tags for a full refund and retain their preference points if they choose to.
  • Make mindful decisions about travel according to CDC guidelines.


  • Fishing remains open to individuals with a valid fishing license.
  • Recreate responsibly. 
  • Fish cleaning stations are open, please follow CDC personal hygiene guidelines. 
  • Make mindful decisions about travel according to CDC guidelines.   

Boat Launches 

  • State-managed public boat launches remain open to the public. 
  • Docks will remain in as weather conditions, water levels and other factors allow.
  • Tribal land boat launches may be subject to different regulations. Contact the local tribal office for specific information. 

Recommendations from Governor Noem and the CDC:

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

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