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PIERRE – Youth hunters are reminded they can begin flushing roosters when the South Dakota’s youth-only pheasant season begins at noon, Saturday, Oct. 4. The season will continue through Sunday, Oct. 5, and end at sunset.

"Resident and nonresident youths meeting South Dakota’s eligibility requirements can hunt ringnecks," said Regional Habitat Manager Steve Vanderbeek of Sioux Falls.

Eligibility requirements include:

bulletBeing 12 to 15 years of age, or will turn 12 on or before Dec. 31,
bulletPossesses a valid Hunter Safety Certificate
bulletIs properly licensed to hunt small game.
bulletIs accompanied by an adult who is not carrying a firearm.

Youth hunting will be open statewide, on both private and public land, including Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge. Only public road rights-of-way adjacent to public hunting lands will be open for hunting.

The daily limit for youth is three rooster pheasants, with a possession limit of six taken according to the daily limit. Hunting opens at noon, Central Time, Saturday, Oct 4. Shooting hours end at sunset each day.





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