Military Hunting Opportunity

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South Dakota military personnel returning home on leave from active duty overseas are reminded that there is an opportunity for them to hunt pheasants through March 31 on volunteering shooting preserves.

"Game, Fish and Parks has coordinated with private shooting preserve operators around the state to volunteer to host military personnel home on leave, along with one friend, to a pheasant hunt," said Game, Fish and Parks Communications Manager Chuck Schlueter. "Preserves involved will waive their usual fee."

Though the South Dakota pheasant season is closed, licensed South Dakota shooting preserves have an extended pheasant hunting season through March 31 on preserve property only. The offer for returning military personnel extends only through that date.

Those shooting preserves volunteering to host a military personnel and friend are posted on a list maintained on the Game, Fish and Parks web site at Information is also available by calling (605)773-3485 or (605)773-3393. Those wishing to take part in this hunt should directly contact the shooting preserve of interest.

South Dakota residents on active military duty may hunt small game without a license as long as they have in their possession appropriate military orders indicating they are a resident on active duty stationed outside of South Dakota and have a South Dakota driver’s license or state-issued identification card. They must be able to present these items to the preserve operator before they hunt, and carry the items in lieu of a hunting license. The friend of the military person needs a South Dakota 2004 small game license to be properly licensed to hunt.