Controlled Hunter Access Program
CHAP is a cooperative effort between private landowners and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. Landowners who enroll in CHAP have more control over hunter activities on their land; including controlling the number of hunters per day, the type of game that can be hunted, the type of seasons, the method of take (ex. archery only), and what days the CHAP is open.
online reservations to hunt chap lands
Hunters are able to reserve a spot to hunt on select CHAP areas in South Dakota. As a convenience for hunters and landowners, this system allows hunters to reserve permission to hunt, up to 8 days in advance, on lands leased for public hunting access through CHAP.
- Make a reservation and log in using the same username and password you would to apply for or purchase a hunting and fishing license.
- Hunters are required to have a valid huting license for the game they intend to hunt in order to make a reservation. Once a reservation is made, hunters need to print off their permission slip. There will be a check-in box located near a designated parking area on the CHAP property for hunters to drop the slip off on the day of the hunt. Hunters should retain half of the permission slip as proof of permission until they have completed their hunt for the day. GFP requests that you drop the second half of the permission slip in the check-in box when you are done hunting for the day. More information.
Enrollment and payment details
Landowners who enroll 1,000 acres or more receive an enrollment payment of $250 flat base payment plus $6/hunter-day for each hunter day of use. Landowners with under 1,000 acres receive $6/hunter-day of use. In addition, landowners are eligible for a bonus payment of $2 per hunter day if they don't restrict the type of big game that can be hunted and $2 per hunter day if they do not restrict hunting during any big game seasons. There is a maximum payment of 410 per hunter day and a minimum annual payment of $250.
Learn more about the guidelines and enrollment details, types of bonuses and more.