Bobwhite Quail Hunting Season

Season Dates: Oct. 21, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018

Daily Limit:


Possession Limit: 15

Bobwhite quail are named for their distinctive call, a rising whistle bob White-bob bob White. South Dakota is on the extreme northern range for these birds, and are most likely found in the southeastern part of the state.

Bobwhites may be found in a variety of semi-open areas including farmland, ditches, woodland edges and brushy meadows. Seeds and insects make up a large share of this birds diet.

The birds nearly always forage on the ground, but will occasionally move into low shrubs and vegetation. They are usually be found in coveys in the fall. One trait the bird is noted for is "freezing" when alarmed to allow its camouflage coloring to blend into its surroundings.