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Residents Only, Three Days, Noon To Sunset

PIERRE, S.D. - Beginning at noon on Saturday, Oct. 8., resident hunters can
target most of the state's public lands for three-consecutive days when
South Dakota's resident-only pheasant season opens. Shooting hours all three
days are from noon to sunset, (CDT).

"The most common question with the early resident-only season regards the
use of road rights-of-way, as not all rights-of-way are open to hunting,"
said Game, Fish and Parks Regional Law Enforcement Specialist Dave Wicks of
Watertown. "The only rights-of-way open to hunting during the early
resident-only pheasant season include those immediately adjacent to public
lands that are open to hunting."

Public lands open to hunting during this three-day season include:

* Property owned, managed or leased by Game, Fish and Parks for public
* Property leased by the department as a Walk-In Area.
* Waterfowl Production Areas managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
* U.S. Bureau of Reclamation property.
* U.S. Forest Service National Grasslands.
* U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property adjacent to the Missouri
* South Dakota School and Public Lands.

"Road rights-of-way immediately adjacent to private land are not open to
hunting during this season," Wicks added.

Hunters should also remember non-toxic shot while hunting pheasants.
Nontoxic shot use is mandatory for small game hunting with shotguns in South
Dakota on all:

* State Game Production Areas
* State Parks and Recreation Areas
* Lakeside Use Areas, including areas designated as State Water Access
* U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land
* Bureau of Reclamation land managed by Game, Fish and Parks
* Federal Waterfowl Production Areas and National Wildlife Refuges

Resident hunters may take a daily limit of three rooster pheasants and have
nine in possession taken according to the daily limit.

Shooting hours are noon (Central Time) to sunset.

Regulations for the early resident-only pheasant season can be found on
page17 of the 2005 South Dakota Hunting Handbook, which is available at GFP
offices, most license agents and from the department's website at

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