PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized changes to three waterfowl hunting seasons at their March meeting.
The changes reduce the number of available resident tundra swan hunting licenses from 1,425 to 1,100 and nonresident licenses from 250 to 200. This reduction in licenses comes from the recommendation of the Central Flyway Council and was adopted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The commission modified the season start dates for the Low Plains North and Low Plains Middle duck hunting zones. With this change, the season will start one week earlier four out of the next ten years, allowing hunters to take advantage of local breeding ducks such as blue-winged teal. The season structure will now begin the Saturday closest to September 24. For these zones the 2020 duck hunting season will begin September 26.
The commission also moved the 2020 Youth Waterfowl Season. The change aligns with the federal framework that allows the season to begin the Saturday closest to 14 days prior to September 24. The upcoming youth waterfowl season will be Sept. 12-13, 2020.