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Tundra Swan Seasons

Tundra Swan

Tundra Swans are the largest migratory bird hunted in South Dakota. Tundra swans breed in the high arctic and travel through South Dakota in late October to mid-November. Decoying and pass shooting are common hunting tactics. Swans are attracted to and readily come in to white decoys placed over water.


Daily Limit:

1 per permit. No person may have more than two permits.

Possession Limit:

2 with appropriate number of permits.

Open Area:

Aurora, Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Campbell, Clark, Codington, Davison, Day, Deuel, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Hamlin, Hand, Hanson, Hughes, Hyde, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Lake, McCook, McPherson, Marshall, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Potter, Roberts, Sanborn, Spink, Sully and Walworth counties (see unit map below).

Shooting Hours:

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Key Dates

Tundra Swan Season | 2023Season Dates
Start: Sep 30, 2023
End: Jan 12, 2024
Tundra Swan Season | 2024Season Dates
Start: Sep 28, 2024
End: Jan 10, 2025