As South Dakota hunters turn the calendar to 2013, they will find several hunting seasons still open for at least a few days in January.
The pheasant hunting season comes to a conclusion on Sunday, Jan. 6. In addition, hunting seasons for grouse, prairie chicken, partridge and quail also close on Jan. 6.
The extended “antlerless tags only” season for both East River and West River deer hunting opens on Dec. 29 and closes on Jan. 6. “Any Deer” tags do not convert to “antlerless tags” and are not valid during these dates.
The Archery, Muzzleloader and Youth deer seasons all close on Jan. 15. For both Archery Deer and Muzzleloader Deer, “any deer” tags do convert to “antlerless only” tags and are valid from Jan. 1-15. The Fall Turkey hunting season will close on Jan. 31.
Duck hunting on the High Plains unit remains open until Jan. 17.
Goose hunting opportunities remain available after the end of January as Unit 2 of the Canada Goose hunting season is open through Feb. 15. Both cottontail rabbit and tree squirrel hunting are open through Feb. 28.
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