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Sage Grouse

The two-day season allows 40 resident hunting permits with a limit of one sage grouse per hunter. If after the first drawing, permits are still available of the 40 limited, both residents and nonresidents are able to apply. Any leftover permits will be available first come, first-served.

Sage Grouse Access Permit Info
Season Dates: Sept. 17-18, 2016







View the Greater Sage-Grouse Management Plan for South Dakota to obtain more information about how future hunting season recommendations will be developed.

The Greater Sage grouse are found in limited numbers on native sage-steppe habitat in northwestern South Dakota. They are a large, rounded-winged, ground-dwelling bird, up to 30 inches long and two feet tall, weighing from two to seven pounds. They have a long, pointed tail with legs feathered to the base of the toes. Females are a mottled brown, black, and white. Males are larger and have a large white ruff around their neck and bright yellow air sacks on their breasts, which they inflate during their mating display.

The sage grouse hunting season in South Dakota is very restrictive. In the past:


Sage grouse are monitored by counting males on traditional spring breeding grounds called leks.

Males per attended lek for all sage grouse leks counted since 1990. In 2016, 278 males were counted on 24 attended leks.
Hiking at Sica Hollow


Nesting and Brood-Rearing Success and Resource Selection of Greater Sage-Grouse in Northwestern South Dakota.

Greater Sage Grouse on the Edge of Their Range: Leks and Surrounding Landscapes in the Dakota's

Nesting and Brood-Rearing Habitat Selection of Greater Sage-Grouse and Associated Survival of Hens and Broods at the Edge of Their Historic Distribution