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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:

  1. 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.
  2. Make no claim of residency in any other state or foreign country for any purpose.
  3. Claim no resident hunting, fishing, or trapping privileges in any other state or foreign country.
  4. 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.

Resident Hunting

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