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Hunting Licenses and Publications

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If you are a U.S. or Canadian citizen, the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks (GF&P) offers the option of purchasing any over-the-counter license online. You must be over 16, possess a valid Social Security Number (not required of Canadian citizens), have a credit card and a printer.


Non-residents who are at least 12 years old or turn 12 before Jan. 1, may apply for or buy licenses and may hunt in an open season beginning Sept. 1. To purchase a South Dakota license, non-residents under 16 must show proof they have passed a hunter safety course or they hold a hunting license for the current or previous year from any state. All big game archery licensees, ages 11-15, all first-time archery big game licensees regardless of age, and all archery elk licensees must possess a National Bowhunter Education Foundation certificate or certificate of completion from a bowhunter education course approved by any state or provincial government.

Small Game Licenses

Small game licenses, including pheasant, may be obtained from authorized licensing agents, such as hardware and sporting goods stores. Non-resident small game licenses are valid for two periods of five consecutive days each. Hunters may buy additional small game licenses.

Non-Resident License Application

Non-resident applications are available by season. Specific deadlines are set by the Department of Game, Fish & Parks.

Season Application Available
Spring Turkey February
Special Buck April
Archery Deer June
Fall Turkey June
Black Hills Deer June
Refuge Deer June
Archery Antelope July
Waterfowl July
West River Deer July
Antelope July
East River Deer August


The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks produces print publications specifically for hunters and sportsmen/women. Most of these publications are available to read online and/or to download:

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