What time can you hunt grouse in South Dakota?

What time can you hunt grouse in South Dakota?

South Dakota’s prairie grouse season opens Sept. 18 and closes Jan. 2. Shooting hours are from sunrise to sunset.

Where can I hunt prairie grouse in South Dakota?


County Description
Stanley Lcoated approximately 10 miles west of the Hwy 1806 and Sansarc Road intersection.
Stanley Located approximately 2.5 miles west and 5.5 miles north of Hayes, SD on N Brown Church Road.
Jackson 2 miles east and 3 miles south of Cottonwood on BGNG, west side of road at T-intersection.

What kind of grouse are in South Dakota?

prairie grouse
The grasslands of central and western South Dakota are home to two species of prairie grouse, the sharptail and prairie chicken. Under the state’s regulations, the two birds can be hunted as prairie grouse, without having to differentiate the species.

Are there grouse in South Dakota?

Ruffed grouse are a native forest grouse which rely on multiple age classes of aspen for their primary habitat. In South Dakota they only occur within the Black Hills National Forest. They are most abundant in the northern Black Hills where aspen are more abundant.

Is there a pigeon season in South Dakota?

The season dates for training your dog on public land in South Dakota are August 1 to April 16. You can use dummies, lures, and pigeons year-round. From August 1 to September 18, you can use public lands to train dogs on wild game birds.

What state has the most sharptail grouse?

Montana. Montana offers a lot to bird hunters, but what’s always drawn my attention is its landscape and its range of sharptail grouse. The Treasure State is the fourth-largest in the U.S., and sharptails cover the whole thing.

What’s the difference between a grouse and a prairie chicken?

Prairie chickens have horizontal barring across the breast and belly. This is the most obvious difference between the two prairie grouse. Sharp-tailed grouse have distinctive “chevron” shaped markings on the underside. Sharp-tailed grouse lack the ornate “pinnae” feathers on the side of the neck.

Are sage grouse and prairie chickens the same thing?

For lesser prairie chickens and greater sage grouse, two very similar birds, things are trending toward the latter. Greater sage grouse have disappeared from more than 50 percent of their range, and the prairie chicken from more than 86 percent of theirs.

What do you need to hunt doves in SD?

South Dakota residents must possess a small-game or combination license to hunt doves, and all mourning dove hunters must complete and purchase the South Dakota Migratory Bird Certification. For more information on dove hunting in South Dakota or to purchase a license, go to

How much does it cost to hunt pheasant in South Dakota?

Hunting seasons run from September 1 – March 31 Walk-In Day Hunts- Cost for walk-in day hunts are $250 per day. License, shells, taxes & gratuities are not included in either package. Non-hunting guest with meals, refreshments, lodging, and lodge amenities will be charged $100 per night.

What is the best time of day to hunt ruffed grouse?

Grouse tend to loaf at midday. The best time, according to Nelson, is often in the early morning or late afternoon. That’s when they move around, forage for food, and put a lot of scent on the ground.

Where is the best grouse hunting in the US?

Minnesota is the top ruffed grouse-producing state in the U.S. No other state harvests as many ruffed grouse each fall or provides as much public hunting land containing ruffed grouse.

Where to find sharp tail grouse in South Dakota?

In this area of South Dakota some of the highest pheasant and upland bird numbers in the nation can be found, with vast expanses of native prairie still intact they flourish along with the sharp-tail grouse and prairie chicken. You and your dog will no doubt put some miles on the tall grass prairie.

What to see on a sharp tailed grouse Hunt?

On this hunt, you will experience some of the best prairie chicken and sharp-tailed grouse hunting around. Chances are you will not only see sharp-tailed grouses and prairie chickens, but also other wildlife such as coyote, whitetail and mule deer, prairie dogs, pheasant and wild turkey.

Where are the bird hunts in South Dakota?

Besides our pheasant hunts near Mitchell, Mike Kuchera’s South Dakota Guide Service, Inc. offers a specialty hunt for the upland bird hunting enthusiast. This hunt is based out of Valentine, Nebraska, hunting in southwestern South Dakota approximately 170 miles southeast of Rapid City, SD.

Is there a prairie chicken in South Dakota?

South Dakota has become a pheasant hunters dream spot. However, often overlooked is West River South Dakota’s abundant sharptail grouse population and the greater prairie chicken. The greater prairie chicken is one of the most elusive birds that can be hunted.