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South Dakota



Sandhill Crane Seasons

Hunters must use nontoxic shot when hunting cranes.

Daily Limit:


Possession Limit:


Open Area:

That portion of the state lying west of a line beginning at the South Dakota-North Dakota border and State Highway 25, south on State Highway 25 to its junction with State Highway 34, east on State Highway 34 to its junction with U.S. Highway 81, then south on U.S. Highway 81 to the South Dakota-Nebraska border.

Shooting Hours:

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Sandhill Crane SeasonSeason Dates
Start: Sep 24, 2022
End: Nov 20, 2022
Sandhill Crane Season | 2023Season Dates
Start: Sep 23, 2023
End: Nov 19, 2023