Thousands of hunters across the country know one date during the calendar year that leads them to the upper plains. The third weekend in October all have their sites on the South Dakota Pheasant opener.

Where To Hunt

Beginning Saturday, October 15 hunters will be walking the most beautiful habitat for the state bird which, according to game officials, harvest numbers are looking good. The season will end on January 31.

The daily limit is 3 cock pheasants, possession 15. To hunt pheasants, residents are required to hold small game, 1-day small game, adult, senior, or junior combinations, or youth small game licenses. And, nonresidents must obtain adult or youth small game or nonresident shooting preserve licenses.

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South Dakota Pheasants Forever provides hunters with where to hunt through the season in State-Owned Public Hunting areas and Walk-In areas.

If you are hunting pheasants for the first time or need updates just tap into Travel South Dakota or South Dakota Game, Fish, & Parks.

Experience Sioux Falls will roll out the red carpet once again to hunters at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport. Staff will be handing out gifts and local information with a one-of-a-kind greeting.

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