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Hunting in South Dakota: 4 Animals to Hunt in the Spring

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Hunting in South Dakota is a favorite pastime for many people who live both in and out of this beautiful state. South Dakota is home to a wide variety of big game, small game, waterfowl, predators, varmints, and the ring-necked pheasant, which is the state bird.

The South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Department records the hunting
of specific animals throughout the year.

Here are four animals to hunt in the spring in South Dakota.

1. Turkey
The spring turkey hunting season begins for archery hunters on the first week of April and extends to mid-May. Hunters may use the appropriate firearms during the latter part of the second week of April through mid-May. People who choose to hunt using archery equipment are required to obtain the resident-only access permit, which is free. Archery hunters also much have a spring archery turkey license.

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2. American Crow
There is an abundance of American crow in South Dakota. These birds enjoy making their homes in small woodlands and open country sides. Large populations of American crows roost and become a menace. The spring season hunting date for this bird begins on March 1 and extends to the last day of April. There is also a fall hunting season. Legal hunting hours are unrestricted, as are the daily and possession limits for the American crow.

3. Muskrat
The muskrat hunting season starts at the beginning of April and extends through the end of August. This particular season is available to lessees and landowners along with government officials. Hunters may only use a .22 caliber or smaller rimfire cartridge, .45 caliber muzzleloader, or shotguns that use nontoxic shells. Legal archery equipment is allowed. The daily limit, possession limit, and legal hours are all unrestricted.

4. Light Goose
Each year, an annual conservation order is put in place to help control the overpopulation of this waterfowl. Light geese are migratory birds that make their way into the eastern portion of South Dakota in the latter part of February into early March. Species that can be legally hunted during this time include blues, snows, and Ross' geese.

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Use of electronic calls is allowed as well as non-toxic shot hunting methods. Approved methods include bismuth-tin, steel shot, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-matrix, or any combination of bismuth-tin, nickel, copper, and iron-tungsten. There is an unlimited daily possession and unlimited possession limit. Legal hunting hours are a half-hour before the sun rises to a half-hour after the sun sets.

The spring season is a good time for hunting in South Dakota. Besides the animals listed here, there are other animals that are available to be hunted year-round. Always make sure to check with the proper authorities and obtain the appropriate permits before beginning any hunting activity.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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