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South Dakota



Youth Waterfowl Seasons

Youth ages 12-17 are eligible for this season. Youth who have reached age 18 by the first day of the season may not hunt. Resident youth ages 10-15 who are participating in the Mentored Hunt program may hunt during the Youth Waterfowl Season.

Youth may not possess lead shot while hunting waterfowl during this season.

Daily Limits:


Same as the regular duck season limits including mergansers and coots.

Canada Geese:

Daily limit is 8 in the part of the state designated as Unit 1 during the Early Fall Canada Goose Season; limit is 4 in the rest of the state.

Possession Limit:

Twice the daily limit.

Shooting Hours:

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

License Requirements:


Must possess a valid Youth Small Game License ($5) and the State Migratory Bird Certification ($5).


Must possess one of the standard Nonresident Waterfowl licenses. Licenses are limited in number and must be applied for through a lottery drawing.

Duck Season - Youth OnlySeason Dates
Start: Sep 10, 2022
End: Sep 11, 2022
Duck Season - Youth Only | 2023Season Dates
Start: Sep 9, 2023
End: Sep 10, 2023