Fall South Dakota nonresident waterfowl licenses are limited in number and distributed by a lottery drawing. Hunters must submit an application and fee, either online or by paper application via mail.
- Applicants must be a minimum of age 12, or will turn 12 by December 31, to be eligible for the drawing.
- Hunters over age 15 must have the federal Waterfowl Stamp in possession to be legal.
- The application process and the license issued include the Migratory Bird Certification privileges.
- A separate nonresident small game license is required to hunt small game, such as pheasants and grouse.
The dates, unit boundaries and bag limits for this season are set in late July.
Applicants may receive:
- No more than one Nonresident Waterfowl License before Nov. 1.
- Beginning Nov. 1, there is no limit to the number of Nonresident Waterfowl Licenses a hunter may possess.
- Applicants are also eligible for one Nonresident September Canada Goose license, which does not count against the harvest limit of regular Nonresident Waterfowl licenses.
- Season Dates:
Nonresident Waterfowl- See application for specific details -
Nonresident waterfowl unit maps
- NRW-00A-86: (view map above) CHARLES MIX, BON HOMME, YANKTON, CLAY and UNION counties. License valid for entire season.
- NRW-00B-86: (view map above) STATEWIDE, except area in units NRW-00A and NRW-11A. License valid for 10 consecutive days.
- NRW-11A-86: (view map above) BENNETT CO. Applicants must chose a 10 consecutive day period between (Oct. 18-Dec. 21 and Jan. 10-19) in this unit. Successful applicants will receive two tags for Canada geese that may be taken according to daily and possession limits.
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- NRW-00X-86: (view map above) License valid on private land only in Potter, Sully, Hughes, Stanley and Lyman counties. License not valid on private property leased by GF&P for public hunting or on public highways or other rights of way otherwise open to hunting. License valid for 3 consecutive days.
- NRW-00Y-86: (view map above) License valid on public and private land in Brown, Marshall, Roberts, Day, Grant, Clark, Codington, Deuel and Hamlin counties. License valid for 3 consecutive days.