Several Ducks Unlimited-owned properties in South Dakota are open to public hunting during the season. Hunters are required to complete a permit and keep a copy of this permit with them at all times while on DU property. Interested parties can pick up a permit at any of the drop boxes located on each of the DU properties. The permit is valid throughout the current hunting season until the end of the local deer season.
Species that can be hunted on DU lands include:
- Upland Game: mourning dove, gray partridge, sharp-tailed grouse and pheasant
- Waterfowl: ducks, geese, coot, tundra swan, common snipe and sand-hill crane
- Big game: white-tailed deer
Hunters must abide by all South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department hunting laws and regulations. All DU land is clearly posted with color-coded signs where hunting is permitted and not permitted. Blue signs indicate DU land open to public hunting from September 1 through the end of the local deer season. Red or orange signs mark DU land closed to public hunting and access at all times.
Ducks Unlimited permits public access on specified lands owned by the organization. Most properties are part of a Revolving Land Strategy and held for a short term. Accessibility to these properties is subject to change. Once DU sells a property, access to the land will be at the discretion of the new landowner. DU does not reserve special hunting or other privileges for anyone.
Contact Ducks Unlimited Land Manager in South Dakota Randy Meidinger with any questions or concerns. Office: (605) 439-3329; mobile: (605) 380-0380; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download a copy of the complete hunting regulations (PDF) of the DU lands open to hunting in South Dakota.
Aerial photo maps:
Overview of DU properties open to hunting in S.D.
Goebel Ranch Complex