If you are fond of pheasant hunting, you should be aware of state regulations. There are bird hunting preserves and licenses which you should abide so that you will not face any legal issues. There are two types of bird hunting licenses.
They are Class A and Class B license. If you possess Class A hunting license, you will be able to perform larger operations. You will get access to hunt several non-contagious parcels of land. The parcel of land can be in the same country or in a different county.
If you possess Class A hunting license, you can stock pheasants in a very efficient manner. There are class A preserve which can stock more than 1001 pheasants. As a matter of fact, Class A preserves should maintain more than 1001 pheasants to be classified as class A preserves.
The size of Class B hunting preserve will be as small as 40 acres. The acreage in class B preserve should be contagious. In order to be listed as a class B preserve, the preserve should have at least 1 pheasant per every 4 acres. Class B preserve cannot stock more than 1000 pheasants. However, it can upgrade to Class A preserve by maintaining more than 1000 pheasants in a license year. If you are licensed to hunt pheasants, the hunting should take during the licensed season only.
As you hunt upon pheasant license, individual tagging is not required. However, you can choose your own ways to mark a bird. The discharge of firearms ( shotguns for pheasants )should be legal on the entire acreage allowed for hunting. No sign boards are provided to indicate the property is licensed for hunting. If there is any private property which is licensed for hunting, you can post sign boards that conveys the message of a licensed hunting preserve.
Upland game bird hunting should be done as per the state regulations. As of July 1, 2015, non-lead ammunition is required for upland bird hunting. The planning should be done as per the regulations so that there will not be any issues. The seasons and limited should be followed. The daily bag limit and possession limit should be maintained.
South Dakota Resident Only
In case of resident-only pheasant, the license requirements varies as per the small game or combination or junior combination that you had selected. You will be able to hunt at various locations including public lands and statewide. The areas included in this process are U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Waterfowl Production Areas, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land adjacent to the Missouri River, U.S. Forest Service National Grasslands, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation land, State School and Public Lands, State parks, recreation areas, and lakeside use areas.
GFP managed or leased property otherwise open to public hunting, including Game Production, areas open during the regular pheasant season and GFP managed and leased property designated as Walk-in Areas and land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) are also included for hunting.
If you would like to hunt small game in public places, you should want to go for non-toxic shots. The daily limit is 3 rooster pheasants. The possession limit is 9 rooster pheasants. It is taken as per the daily limit. You should not possess 9 birds until the 3rd day of hunting. The shooting hours will be in between noon and sunset.
There is non-resident small game license as well. the license is valid for 5 day hunting period. Before the license is issued, start dates should be identified.
Regulations For The Disabled
If you possess disable hunter permit, you will be able to shoot game animals from a stationary motor vehicle. Small game animals such as pheasants, rabbits, partridge and waterfowl are allowed in this process. The permit allows physically challenged persons and people with some medical condition to make them pursue their hobby without fail.
Qualified hunters can go for disabled hunter permit which is valid for one year. It is valid for about 4 years. You can also go for temporary permit which is valid for one year. It can be renewed as per your convenience. The necessary requirements should be followed in order to qualify for disable hunter permit.