Cottontail Rabbit Hunting Season

Season Dates: Sept. 1, 2017 - Feb. 28, 2018

Daily Limit:


Possession Limit: 30

*Landowners and their guests may hunt cottontail rabbit on the landowner's property year-round without a limit.*

A favorite game animal across America, especially for young hunters, cottontails are found throughout South Dakota.

They thrive in a variety of areas, including brushy growth and forest edges. They typically avoid large open areas. Cottontails are solitary animals that feed in the early morning and at sunset. They do not hibernate and remain active in the winter. Winter foods include stems, buds, and bark of woody vegetation.

As always with game animals, hunters must be cautious in handling carcasses. Cottontails are known to carry tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, both transmittable to humans.