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Goose hunting

The hunting season structure for the fall goose seasons are set in late summer. Nonresident licenses are limited in number and issued through an application process and lottery drawing. The application deadline for this drawing is early July.

Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

NOTE: The below 2015 season dates listed on this page were adopted by the GFP Commission in January, however, these dates are still pending federal framework approval and are subject to change.

Canada Goose

The Canada goose season includes brants.

Unit 1
  • September 1 - December 16, 2015
  • Daily Limit:
    15 - from Sept. 1-30;
    8 - for remainder of season

  • Possession Limit: Three times the daily limit

  • The counties of Aurora, Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Butte, Campbell, Clark, Clay, Codington, Corson, Davison, Day, Deuel, Douglas, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Haakon, Hamlin, Hand, Hanson, Harding, Hutchinson, Jackson, Jerauld, Jones, Kingsbury, Lake, Lawrence, Lincoln, McCook, McPherson, Marshall, Meade, Mellette, Minnehaha, Moody, Miner, Roberts, Sanborn, Shannon, Spink, Todd, Turner, Union, Walworth, Yankton, and Ziebach, that portion of Dewey County north of Bureau of Indian Affairs Road 8, Bureau of Indian Affairs Road 9, and the section of U.S. Highway 212 east of the Bureau of Indian
    Affairs Road 8 junction, that portion of Potter County east of U.S. Highway 83, that portion of Sully County east of U.S. Highway 83, portions of Hyde, Buffalo, Brule, Charles Mix, and Bon Homme counties north and east of a line beginning at the Hughes-Hyde county line on State Highway 34, east to Lees Boulevard, southeast to the State Highway 34, east 7 miles to 350th Avenue, south to Interstate 90 on 350th Avenue, south and east on State Highway 50 to Geddes, east on 285th Street to U.S. Highway 281, north on U.S. Highway 281 to the Charles Mix-Douglas county boundary, that portion of Bon Homme County north of State Highway 50, and that portion of Perkins county west of State Highway 75 and south of State Highway 20.
  • From Sept. 1-30 nonresidents may not hunt in Beadle, Brookings, Hanson, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Sanborn, Turner and Union counties. More information on the NR September Canada Goose season.
  • Feed the Hungry: Help feed the hungry with Sportsmen Against Hungers' goose donation program. Geese taken from September 1-20 may be donated to these participating processors. FREE - it does not cost you to donate your geese! View participating processors.
Unit 2
  • 2014 Season: November 3, 2014 - February 15, 2015
  • 2015 Season: November 2, 2015 - February 14, 2016
  • Daily Limit: 4

  • Possession Limit: Three times the daily limit

  • Those areas not included in Unit 1 or Unit 3.
Unit 3

White-Fronted Goose

  • September 26 - December 6, 2015
  • Daily Limit: 2
  • Possession Limit: Three times the daily limit

Light Goose (Fall)

Includes snows, blues, Ross', and all other geese except Canada, brants, and white-fronted geese.

  • September 26 - December 20, 2015
  • Daily Limit: 50
  • Possession Limit: Unlimited

Light Goose (Spring)

This Conservation Order is issued annually for a spring hunt to control an overabundance of these geese. Light geese generally migrate into the eastern one-third of South Dakota in late February to early March.


This is a resident only August Management Take for Canada Geese.

Youth Waterfowl

Besides the opportunity to introduce young people to waterfowl hunting during the regular seasons, a weekend is set aside for youth hunting. Also, adults may take youth as young as 10 years hunting through the Mentored Hunt program.

Nontoxic Shot

Approved nontoxic shot includes steel shot, bismuth-tin, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-matrix, and any combination of tungsten-iron-nickel-tin-copper-bismuth. Coated lead shot does not qualify as nontoxic shot. Tom Roster's Nontoxic Shot Lethality Table © 2012

Antelope Island Restrictions

The Antelope Island area* south of Pierre on Lake Sharpe has the following restrictions:

  • No waterfowl decoys or hunting blinds may be left in the area between sunset and 5 a.m.
  • No waterfowl decoys may be left unattended between 5 a.m. and sunset

*The area within the water's edge from a north-south line across Lake Sharpe through the dredged channel at the east end of Hipple Lake, downstream to the north-south line across the reservoir 100 yards east of the easternmost emergent vegetation on Antelope Island.