Shooting hours are sunrise to sunset, except in some
counties east of the Missouri River, where from Oct. 18 through
the end of the season, the dates are the same as the pheasant
The state's mourning dove season will be open Sept. 1 through
Oct. 17, statewide. The daily limit is 15 with a possession of
30. Shooting hours are sunrise to sunset.
TUNDRA SWAN PROPOSAL
A recent proposal for South Dakota's tundra swan season would
change the opening date and slightly decrease the number of permits
Game, Fish and Parks State Waterfowl Biologist Spencer Vaa of
Brookings said this proposal would change the tundra swan opening
date from the beginning of the north zone low plains duck season
to the Saturday closest to Oct. 1 in order to comply with the
federal framework for tundra swan season dates. Swan hunting
would then remain open through the end of the fall light goose
Resident tundra swan licenses available would decrease in number
from last year's 1325 to 1000 for 2003. Licenses available for
nonresidents would go from 175 to 300.
"The recommended decrease is due to a request from North
Dakota for a temporary transfer of 200 permits," Vaa said.
"An average of 506 resident swan tags have remained unsold
over the last five years, so South Dakota resident hunters should
not miss out on obtaining a license."
Vaa noted that the understanding with North Dakota is that the
200 permits would be returned if needed in the future. During
last years' season, there were 623 resident hunters who had one
swan tag and 131 who had two tags. Hunter success during last
year's season was 18 percent with most of the harvest occurring
in Brown and McPherson counties during the last two weeks of
That's it for state news
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