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Pheasant Hunting Information


  • A South Dakota Small Game License  For hunting and license information or to purchase your license online go to You can also purchase licenses at most South Dakota sporting good stores, grocery stores and gas stations.
  • Blaze orange outerwear (one or more of the following:  jacket, vest, hat)
  • Protective eyewear (sunglasses, safety glasses)
  • Hunting dogs need to have up to date vaccinations.

Alcohol is not allowed before or during the hunt.
There is plenty of time after the hunt to celebrate the days accomplishments.

A safe hunt is a great hunt!


We want everyone to enjoy their South Dakota hunt so we’ve put together a few suggestions which will help make the most of your experience.

Pheasant Hunting Footwear
Pheasant hunting requires a good deal of walking through all kinds of terrain, therefore, we encourage you to invest in a good pair of hunting boots. Make sure your boots are comfortable, warm and waterproof.

Pheasant Hunting Clothing
Be prepared for all kinds of weather! Oct., Nov., and Dec. temps can range from 80 degrees to well below zero! Layering your hunting clothes allows you to adjust for temperature changes throughout the day.

In addition to your regular hunting clothes here are a few additional items you definitely want to include:

  • A wind and water resistant outer layer
  • Warm gloves that are thin enough you can still shoot your gun
  • Stocking hat
  • Face mask
  • Long underwear
  • Different weights of socks
  • Neck gator
  • Briar/sticker proof pants or chaps
  • Hand and foot warmers

Pheasant Hunting Guns
Most pheasant hunters, hunt with a 20 or 12 gauge shotgun. South Dakota law requires guns to be unloaded in the vehicles but not cased.

Bring plenty of ammunition. Regular shot size with 1-1/4 oz. load with #4, #5 or #6 shot is enough power for our kind of hunting (3-inch shells are NOT needed).