Waterfowl Licenses

Residents Must have one of the following

  • Combination license, or
  • Small Game, or
  • Youth Small Game, or
  • 1-Day Small Game

In addition, residents must also have

  • South Dakota Migratory Bird Certification, and
  • Federal Waterfowl Stamp (not required for those under age 16)

Nonresidents

  • Licenses for most seasons are limited and issued by lottery drawing. Application deadline is July 9.
  • Licenses of limited-day duration require a start date for hunt before a license will be issued; start date may be changed through GFP License Office prior to the start date; applicants without a start date will have license held if successful in drawing, and may provide start date at any time before season, but please allow ample time for mailing license
  • See season application information for details.
  • Licenses for Unit 00B cover most of the state and are valid for 10 consecutive days
  • Licenses for Unit 00A are for the southeastern corner of the state are valid for the length of the waterfowl seasons in that area
  • Licenses for Unit 11A are for Bennett County in the southwest and are valid for 10 consecutive days
  • Licenses for Unit 00Y in the northeast part of the state are valid for 3 consecutive days
  • Licenses for Unit 00X in the central part of the state are valid on private land only for 3 consecutive days
  • Early Fall Canada Goose licenses are valid for the length of that season in those counties open to nonresident hunting
  • Spring Light Goose licenses are valid for the length of that season
  • South Dakota Migratory Bird Certification is included in waterfowl license
  • Federal Waterfowl Stamp required (not required for those under age 16)
  • Youth age 12 (or will turn 12 by Dec. 31) may hunt and have same license requirements as adults