South Dakota Nest Predator Bounty Program Begins

Our outdoor resources in South Dakota are second to none. Governor Noem is committed to continue our state’s proud outdoor heritage and as part of her Second Century Initiative, she has created the Nest Predator Bounty Program to help nesting birds such as pheasants and ducks increase nesting success.

Trapping is an important game management tool and an even better way to get family and friends outdoors.

Program Highlights
Raccoon, striped skunk, badger, opossum, and red fox are the eligible species for this program.

The nest predator bounty program begins April 1, 2019, and will conclude August 31, 2019 – unless the $500,000 cap is reached first. Animals must be trapped during this timeframe to be eligible for the bounty.

Participants will receive $10 per tail for the species outlined above.

This is a South Dakota resident-only program.

All animals submitted for this program must have been TRAPPED in South Dakota.

Participants may submit up to $590 worth of tails per household.

Participants must submit the tail bone and entire tail of these species to receive payment.

Road kill animals are not eligible.

Tails can be submitted to wildlife regional offices, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.

For bounty submissions outside of these office locations and times, contact your local wildlife conservation officer or wildlife damage specialist. This contact information can be found online at Local wildlife conservation officer numbers are also listed in the current version of the hunting and trapping handbook.

License requirements and additional information can all be found on our website at