South Dakota Pheasant Hunting

South Dakota Pheasant Hunting

Want to hunt that wily bird, the Chinese Ring-necked Pheasant?
You won't find a better place than southeast South Dakota.

2022 Pheasant Season:

  • Pheasant Season: October 15, 2022 - January 31, 2023
  • 2023 Pheasant Season opens October 21
  • Resident Only Season: October 8-10, 2022
  • Youth Pheasant Season: September 24 - October 2, 2022

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2021-2022 South Dakota Sportsman's Guide

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Pheasant hunting in South Dakota offers access to nearly 4.5 million acres of public land. Many private landowners will allow hunting on their property if your request permission first and to honor the privilege of hunting there.

Although pheasants are found statewide, the best South Dakota pheasant hunting range encompasses the eastern two-thirds of the state. Pheasants prefer agricultural fields, wooded draws, tree strips, wetlands and set-aside acres. Most of South Dakota is privately owned and permission is required for pheasant hunting in South Dakota, but public lands such as Game Production Areas and Walk-In Areas offer choice habitat for South Dakota pheasant hunting.

If you come to hunt pheasants in South Dakota you'll find that early in the season pheasants are scattered in small flocks, but winter's fury pushes birds into heavy cover and concentrates them. Tree strips, cattail sloughs and dense weed patches hold pheasants this colder time of year. 

Private reserves also offer excellent opportunites for hunting pheasants in South Dakota. Many of these offer guided hunts along with lodging and food.

South Dakota Hunting Licenses

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Or call South Dakota Dept. of Game, Fish & Parks at 605-223-7660.

Please refer to the current South Dakota Hunting & Trapping Handbook for all South Dakota hunting regulations.