Duck Hunting Season

Season Dates: Pending
Daily Limit:
  • Duck: 6 and comprised of no more than:

    • 5 Mallards, which may include no more than 2 hens
    • 3 Scaup
    • 3 Wood Ducks
    • 2 Redheads
    • 2 Pintail
    • 1 Canvasback
    • 2 BONUS blue-winged teal (first 16 days of season only) (Low Plains North & Middle Zones: Sept. 27-Oct. 12 High Plains and Low Plains South Zones: Oct. 11-26)

    Mergansers: 5 (including no more than 2 hooded merganser)

    Coots: 15

  • Possession Limit:
  • Twice the daily limit for all species (not to exceed 12 ducks)
  • Legal Hours:
  • One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
  • Duck hunting seasons are set in early August after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued South Dakota federally mandated guidelines for the hunting seasons.

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