SDGFP Reminds Hunters of Changes to Waterfowl, Deer Seasons


The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department released a news statement regarding several changes that will likely affect waterfowl and deer hunters this year. Some of the changes include:

  • Changed the daily bag limit from 15 to 8 for the early fall Canada goose season.
  • Added Lawrence County to Canada goose Unit 2.
  • Increased the pintail daily bag limit from 1 to 2.
  • Changed the start date of the Low Plains South duck hunting zone from beginning on the second Saturday of October to the fourth Saturday of October, which is Oct. 27 this year.
  • All deer seasons will conclude Jan, 1, excluding Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Changed the start date of archery deer from the fourth Saturday in September to Sept. 1.
  • Changed the antlerless-only deer season for both West and East River deer seasons to nine consecutive days in early December. This year the state’s antlerless-only season is Dec. 8-16.
  • Changed the name of the youth deer season to the apprentice hunter deer season. Any resident who has not held a license to hunt deer during the previous 10 years is eligible for this license.

A full list of hunting regulation changes can be found in the 2018 Hunting and Trapping Handbook, which is available online at or at license vendors across the state.