Resident Hunting


South Dakota residents have many hunting opportunities, including once-in-a-lifetime big game hunts. A resident hunter meets all of the following criteria as determined by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks:

  • 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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Resident Hunting includes:

  • Pheasant

  • Grouse and Prairie Chicken

  • Partridge

  • Dove

  • Rabbit and Squirrel

  • Ruffed Grouse

  • Quail

  • Coyote

  • Prairie Dog

  • Fox

  • Ducks

  • Geese

  • Antelope

  • Bighorn Sheep

  • Bison

  • Deer

  • Elk

  • Mountain Goat

  • Mountain Lion

  • Fall/Spring Turkey