Pheasant Hunters Nonresident

Nonresident Hunting in South Dakota

South Dakota has a variety of hunting opportunities that non-residents can enjoy, including pheasant hunting, turkey, West River and Black Hills deer, limited waterfowl and other small game and upland birds.


A non-resident hunter is a person who does not meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Have a domicile within this state for at least 90 consecutive days immediately preceding the date of application for, purchasing, or attempting to purchase any hunting, fishing, or trapping license/permit. A domicile is a person's established, fixed, and permanent home to which the person, whenever absent, has the present intention of returning.

  • Make no claim of residency in any other state or foreign country for any purpose.

  • Claim no resident hunting, fishing, or trapping privileges in any other state or foreign country.

  • Prior to any application for any license, transfer to this state the person's driver's license and motor vehicle registrations.

  • For exceptions, please review the residency requirements on the GF&P website.

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For non-resident hunting license and hunting regulations, please visit our licenses and publications page.

Non-resident Hunting includes:

  • Pheasant

  • Grouse and Prairie Chicken

  • Partridge

  • Dove

  • Rabbit and Squirrel

  • Ruffed Grouse

  • Quail

  • Coyote

  • Prairie Dog

  • Fox

  • Ducks

  • Geese

  • Antelope

  • Bison

  • Fall/Spring Turkey

  • West River Deer

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