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PIERRE, S.D.—Young hunters will get the first shot at the state’s abundant pheasant population and this year they’ll have an extra day in the field. The youth pheasant season is three days long this year, Oct. 6-Oct. 8, due to the Native American Day holiday on Monday.

Shooting hours are noon Central Daylight Time until sunset on both days. During the three-day hunt private and public land, including Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge, will be open to young hunters. All public road rights-of-way are closed to hunting during the youth season except for the one half of road rights-of-way next to and part of public hunting lands.

Resident and nonresident hunters who meet the eligibility requirement may take part in the youth pheasant hunt. Those requirements include:
• Being 12 to 15 years old or turning 12 years old on or before Dec. 31.
• Possessing a valid HuntSAFE certificate.
• Possessing a South Dakota youth small game license.
• Being accompanied by an adult who is not carrying a firearm.

Although not required by law, young hunters and the adults who accompany them are advised to wear at least one exterior garment of fluorescent orange.

The daily limit is three roosters with a possession limit of nine taken according to the daily limit. While being transported, birds must have a full-feathered head or wing or one leg with a foot attached.

Nontoxic shot is required on most public lands with the exception of GFP Walk-In Areas, U.S. Forest Service National Grasslands and state School and Public Lands. Hunters are also encouraged to try to hunt lands in the Conservation Reserve Program or CRP acres. CRP is a terrific place to find good numbers of pheasants.

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