The 2017 South Dakota Pheasant season gets a partial start this weekend.

The youth pheasant hunt happens October 7 - 11. This special season is for resident and nonresident youth age 12 (or turn 12 by Dec. 31 of current year) through 17, and who possess a valid hunter safety certificate and small game license. Birds may be hunted on public or private land.

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Kids between the ages of 10 and 15 can in the mentored hunt program can also hunt during the you pheasant hunt.

The following weekend, October 14-16, is the resident only public land hunt. As the previous sentence suggests, this opening weekend is only for South Dakota state residents with a small game license and must only hunt on public lands. A map of public lands is available everywhere licenses are sold, and also on the GFP website and Apple and Android apps.

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