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How do you get a hunting license in South Dakota?

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You can get a hunting license in South Dakota by paying for it online through the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks website. The licenses and fees differ depending on your age and the game you wish to hunt.

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How do you get a hunting license in South Dakota?
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A common South Dakota hunting license is the resident combination license, which authorizes fishing and hunting for small game such as pheasants, tree squirrels and cottontail rabbits. This license also allows hunting the species covered by the predator/varmint license, such as coyotes, raccoons and red and gray foxes. As of 2015, this combination license is $57 plus a $6 state-mandated surcharge. Those 65 and older can purchase the same license for $42 plus the surcharge, and those 16 to 18 years-old can purchase it for $29 plus the surcharge.

The resident small game license may be purchased by itself for $35 plus the surcharge, as of 2015. A special youth version of this license for those between the ages of 12 and 15 may be purchased for $7 plus the surcharge. State residents who want a one-day license to hunt small game may purchase it for $14 plus the surcharge.

Non-residents may purchase a 10-day small game license for $125 plus the surcharge, as of 2015. Non-residents may also purchase a season pass to shoot in state shooting preserves for $123 plus the surcharge, or a five-day preserve pass for $78 plus the surcharge. Non-residents may also purchase a one-day pass for state shooting preserves for $48 plus the surcharge.

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