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Bonus Small Game Hunting

Rabbit and Squirrel Hunting

squirrelTraditional Season

Statewide: September through February.

Small Game Seasons (GFP)

Range and Habitat

Rabbits and squirrel can be found statewide in a variety of settings. Cottonwood river bottoms, pine-covered ridges and tree belts provide squirrels with shelter, while rabbits prefer wetlands, tree strips adjacent to crops and brushy draws. Most hunters combine squirrel and rabbit hunts with other upland species. For the avid rabbit and squirrel hunter, South Dakota remains an under-hunted gem.