Hunting Areas Rules and Information

Do I need non-toxic shot?

Area
Turkey
Upland Birds
Waterfowl
GPA
no
yes
yes
WPA
no
yes
yes
BLM
no
no
yes
USFS
no
no
yes
School/Public Lands
no
no
yes
WIA
no
no
yes
CREP
no
no
yes
CHAP
no
no
yes
COOP
no
no
yes
Tom Roster's Nontoxic Shot Lethality Table © 2012

Hunting Guides on Public Lands

A hunting guide is defined as a person who holds himself or herself out to the public as a hunting guide and (for compensation or remuneration) directs or provides services to any person for the purpose of hunting any wild animals.

No person, acting as a hunting guide, may guide any hunting activity on state-owned or managed
  • Game Production Areas
  • State parks
  • Recreation areas
  • Lakeside use areas
  • Federal land leased or under agreement to South Dakota
  • Land posted as a Game Production Area and managed for wildlife purposes
  • Waterfowl production area
  • Federal refuges
  • Private land leased or under agreement to GFP for the purpose of providing public access
  • Highways or other public rights-of-way within this state*

*The hunting guide or employees of a hunting guide may guide a hunting activity on the road right-of-way immediately adjacent to property owned or leased by the hunting guide.

Hunting on Public Road Rights of way


Public Waters

No person (except the landowner or anyone with landowner permission) may hunt on public waters that inundate private land within 660 feet of livestock, occupied dwelling, churches or schoolhouses.

U.S. FOREST SERVICE LANDS

National Forests and Grasslands in South Dakota now have Travel Plans in effect. If you are planning a trip for hunting, fishing or other recreation please contact the local Forest Service office for the location you are considering to find out which roads, trails, and areas are open for highway and off road motorized travel, and if seasonal restrictions apply. New roads, trails, and areas have been developed and some roads, trails, and areas you may have used in the past may be closed to public use. Recreation fees may apply. Visit www.fs.usda.gov for more information.

Custer National Forest Travel Data

Keep in Mind

  • Several public lands require nontoxic shot for all shotgun hunting of small game.
  • Public lands may have specific restrictions.
  • Federal lands may not be posted with boundary signs or fences - consult with the appropriate federal agency for current ownership information.
  • State hunting licenses are valid only on private deeded lands within the exterior boundaries of Indian Reservations. Persons wishing to hunt on tribal lands must contact the appropriate tribal office for licensing requirements, rules and regulations.

Wildlife Restoration

Wildlife Restoration logoLook for this distinctive symbol on public areas across South Dakota. This symbol indicates that federal funds, derived from excise taxes on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment, were used to partially fund development, maintenance or acquisition of the area. Wildlife Restoration monies are also used to support hunter education, wildlife research, wildlife surveys and the Walk-In Area Program.