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Resident Hunting Opportunities
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.
To be eligible for a resident license, a person must meet all 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.