This year alone, hunters from across the state are reporting excellent bird numbers, with many commenting how numbers are up from previous years! We have the most birds in the country, but the fun goes beyond the field — no place caters to hunters like South Dakota.
“The people here are really special. That’s what makes the hunt. I have repeat hunters who say they’ve never met a rude person in South Dakota. Then, of course, we have the habitat. So it’s the people and the birds that really make our state special.”
Steve Halverson, owner of Halverson Hunts
“I love South Dakota pheasant hunting because it’s one of the most adrenaline rushing hunts you can go on. There’s the excitement of birds getting up right to you – and there’s the chance to make memories with your favorite people. I love it.”
Grace Sargent, pheasant hunter
“I love spending time with my kids outdoors. And pheasant hunting is a great way to do it. They can take a shot and miss, and that's okay, but the fun part is putting them in a position where they can be successful.”
Doug Sargent, pheasant hunter
“For me it's really getting out into the field. It's the sun bathing over the landscape and the way the adrenaline hits you when a bird flushes. It's all of those experiences in the field for me, that really make me love it.”
Erica Yost, Pheasants Forever
What Makes South Dakota the Greatest?
The habitat and hospitality. A healthy mix of cropland and prairie creates the ideal pheasant habitat. The proof is in the results: more than 1 million roosters have been harvested in 17 of the past 20 years!
An updated GF&P system means it’s time to set up a new account! Whether you’re buying your first license or your 40th, it’s easy to set up your new account before you buy your license. Don’t let anything get between you and the field this year. Set up your new account by clicking here.
The birds are plentiful. Hunting conditions continue to improve as crop harvest continues, and there is an abundance of smiles in the field. Visit South Dakota and you’ll be in the for most thrilling and unforgettable bird hunts of your life. Get your ticket to outdoor adventures with a South Dakota small game license.
Hunt the Greatest and Scheels Giveaway
You and three of your favorite people can win the hunting trip of a lifetime, plus a bunch of great gear. If selected, your hunting party will get free SCHEELS apparel and a 2023 guided pheasant hunt at a world-class South Dakota pheasant hunting lodge!
Everyone hunts for a different reason. The habitat, the company, the rush of the flush – it’s all part of the great South Dakota experience.
Pheasants Forever representative Erica Hill talks conservation and why she’s passionate about preserving habitat.
Spending time with the people you’re closest to: that’s what hunting the greatest is all about.
Featured Sportswomen Resources
Find helpful tips for hunting around South Dakota – and stories from the women who have been there and done that.
2022 UPLAND OUTLOOK
“Spring and summer rains have brought a reprieve from the 2021 drought, which is great news for both habitat conditions and upland game bird production. Hunters can expect to find more lush grasslands and plenty of birds to enjoy this season.”
- Kevin Robling, GFP Secretary
Whether you’re looking for a guided lodge experience or a public land adventure, we’ve got the resources to get you started.
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Free South Dakota Hunting Packet
Includes the Hunting & Trapping Handbook from Game; Fish and Parks, a South Dakota Vacation Guide and a State Highway Map