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.

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.


  • 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. 

More Information on COVID-19

COVID-19 Information on Access 

COVID-19 Information related to Educational Activities

COVID-19 Information related to Habitat

COVID-19 Information for Parks and Camping

Contact South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks 

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 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,