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Harvest Reports and Surveys

Public Opinion Survey Reports

The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks has conducted harvest surveys since 1948 to estimate harvest data. There have been changes to the structure and style of these surveys, but for the past twenty years the form and content of the surveys has remained consistent.

Harvest surveys are an important part of wildlife management in South Dakota. The information obtained by completing these harvest surveys is the link between what happened during the hunting season this year and how next year’s hunting season will be determined.

Surveys are mailed at the end of each hunting season to a random sample of hunters usually using both emails and paper questionnaires. Approximately 10-14 days after mailing, a reminder or a new survey is mailed to all those who did not respond to the first mailing. The fact that someone was unsuccessful in their hunt is as important as their success. Unsuccessful hunters represent a cross-section of all hunters and we need to know that information. It is as important that hunters provide information on whether or not they even hunted.

If you have received a harvest survey card in the mail, please select the appropriate season below to complete the survey online. If you do not complete the survey online, you still have the option of returning your survey through the mail.

Antelope

Reports 

Survey Links 

Archery Report Online Survey
Custer State Park  Report
Firearms Report Online Survey
Mentored Youth Report Online Survey

Deer

Reports 

Survey Links

Statewide Summary Report
Archery Report Online Survey
Black Hills Report Online Survey
Custer State Park Report
East River Report FirearmsLandowner | Special Buck
Landowner Antlerless Report Online Survey
Mentored | Youth Report Online Survey
Muzzleloader Report Online Survey
National Wildlife Refuge  Report Online Survey
West River Report Firearms | Landowner | Special Buck
Youth Antlerless Report Online Survey

Elk

Reports 

Survey Links 

Statewide Summary Report Archery | Firearms

Furbearer

Reports 

Survey Links

2016 Report Online Survey for 2017
2015 Report
2014 Report
2013 Report

Turkey

Reports 

Survey Links 

Fall | Black Hills Report Online Survey
Fall | Mentored Youth Report Online Survey
Fall | Prairie Firearms Report Online Survey
Spring | Archery Report Spring Turkey Survey 
Spring | Black Hills Report
Spring | Custer State Park  Report
Spring | Mentored Youth Report Online Survey
Spring | Prairie Firearms Report

Upland Birds

Reports 

Survey Links 

Partridge Report
Pheasant Report
Prairie Chicken | Sharp-tailed Grouse  Report
Sage Grouse Report
Mourning Dove Report
Nonresident Small Game
Resident Small Game

Waterfowl | Migratory

Reports 

Survey Links 

Waterfowl Summary Report
Canada Goose | August Take Report Online Survey
Canada Goose | All Seasons Report
Canada Goose | Early Fall Report Online Survey
Canada Goose | Special Season  Report Online Survey
Ducks Report
Snow Goose | Fall Report
Snow Goose | Spring Report Online Survey
Tundra Swan Report Online Survey
White-Fronted Goose Report
Nonresident Waterfowl 
Migratory Bird

Other

Reports 

Survey Links 

Cottontail | Squirrel  Report Online Survey
Mountain Goat | Bighorn Sheep  Report
Mountain Lion Report Online Survey