Photo © Dean Pearson


Goose hunting seasons are set in early spring. Nonresident licenses are limited in number and issued through an application process and lottery drawing. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. 

Approved nontoxic shot includes steel shot, bismuth-tin, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-matrix, and any combination of tungsten-iron-nickel-tin-copper-bismuth. Coated lead shot does not qualify as nontoxic shot. Tom Roster's Nontoxic Shot Lethality Table © 2012

The Antelope Island area* south of Pierre on Lake Sharpe has the following restrictions:

  • No waterfowl decoys or hunting blinds may be left in the area between sunset and 5 a.m.
  • No waterfowl decoys may be left unattended between 5 a.m. and sunset

*The area within the water's edge from a north-south line across Lake Sharpe through the dredged channel at the east end of Hipple Lake, downstream to the north-south line across the reservoir 100 yards east of the easternmost emergent vegetation on Antelope Island. 

License Information
Waterfowl Hunting Zones
White-Fronted Goose
Light Goose - Fall
Light Goose - Spring
August Goose Management Take