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Upland Bird Hunting

South Dakota is the pheasant capital of the world and even though we are not in the main pheasant area of the state we have some very good pheasant hunting. Day county and surrounding counties have a lot of public land. Much of it contains sloughs which are very good areas for small groups of hunters.

After farmers harvest the crops, the birds move into the slough areas and hunters with dogs do very well hunting these areas.

Seasons usually begin the third Saturday in October and run until about the first of the year. Non-resident licenses cost $110.00 for 10 days and can be split into 2 five day periods.

The last several years sharp-tail grouse populations have really grown in our area. Very huntable populations are prevalent and the walk-in grasslands within just a few miles of the motel can provide an enjoyable day for hunters willing to get out and walk them up. Hunters may flush gray partridge while hunting grouse or pheasants, providing a bonus bird opportunity. The grouse and partridge season usually begins the middle of September and closes about the end of the year. A small game license is required, the same for pheasants.

For more information regarding licencing and seasons, please visit the South Dakota Game Fish & Parks website.

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