South Dakota offers a spring and fall turkey hunting season to both residents and nonresidents.
The spring season application process opens in mid January with a late February deadline. The tradition start for the season is the second Saturday in April, running through the third Sunday in May. Archery – April 6 – May , 2016 & Prairie – April 6 – May 22, 2016 It includes a prairie firearms season, archery season, Black Hills season, and Custer State Park season.
The fall season application process opens in mid June with a late July deadline. The season traditionally runs from Nov. 1-Jan. 31. This season covers most of the state. There is no fall archery season, however archery equipment may be used for the firearms season.
You have an opportunity to introduce youth to turkey hunting through the Mentored Hunting Season. Please consider passing along this great tradition to a new generation of hunters.