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Hunting in South Dakota: 4 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Adults

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South Dakota is known for its beautiful landscapes and world-renowned hunting and fishing. The state's diversity of both game and terrain provide an outdoor experience that draws hunting enthusiasts, who must secure hunting permits before pursuing the sport.

Here are four things hunters should know about applying for a hunting license from the South Dakota Games, Fish and Parks Department.

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1. Type of License
There are differences in the categories of hunting licenses available in South Dakota. The first distinction is between big game licenses and regular hunting and fishing licenses. For those looking to hunt large game, licenses are categorized by which particular animal the hunter is interested in, and license fees are assessed according to that coupled with how many tags the individual wishes to purchase. Only a limited number of tags for each variety of large game will be given each season. For those interested in smaller game, there are varying categories of permits to fit the individual's needs and interest. These distinctions should be reviewed before applying.

2. Age Matters
The different types of licenses carry varying age requirements. The hunter's age will determine the type of permit they will get. The resident combination license is for individuals ages 19 and older. However, South Dakota also offers hunting permits for seniors (age 65 and older), youths (younger than 16 years of age), and juniors (ages 16 to 18). Hunters younger than 16 are required to complete specific safety and firearms education courses prior to applying for the license.

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3. Residency
While the state permits hunters from both inside and outside its borders, there are requirements that must be met for both types of permits. To obtain a resident license, the individual must have a home within the state of South Dakota (for at least 90 days), have no claim to residing in any other state, and have no hunting privilege in other states. The hunter's driver license and vehicle registration must be in the state of South Dakota as well. There are a few exceptions to the residency requirements including foreign exchange students and minor children of state residents.

4. Where to Buy a Permit
There are agents who sell South Dakota hunting licenses throughout the state. Those looking to obtain a license should consult the state's website to find the most convenient location.

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

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