South Dakota

South Dakota is home to several iconic areas including Wind Cave National Park, Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, and Crazy Horse Memorial. South Dakota’s public lands cover over 4 million acres, and these lands provide ample opportunities for hunting and fishing, with game species such as pheasant, elk, deer, and waterfowl. In fact, in recent years South Dakota has become renowned for her pheasant and duck seasons, specifically. The state’s abundant rivers and lakes are also home to a variety of fish species, including walleye, bass, and trout. The state’s agricultural heritage is also celebrated through annual festivals and events, such as the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and the South Dakota State Fair.

For more information on the elected officials protecting and promoting the sportsmen’s traditions in South Dakota, please contact:


South Dakota State Caucus Fact Sheet

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus

Senator John Thune
Senator Mike Rounds
Representative Dusty Johnson

South Dakota Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus Member

Governor Kristi Noem

South Dakota Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Leadership

Senator Gary Cammack
Representative Herman Otten

News Alerts

Feb 20 2024 Future Hunting and Fishing Access Threatened in South Dakota

Why It Matters: Like many Midwestern states, approximately 80% of the land in South...

Jan 29 2024 CSF Supported Firearm Preemption Legislation Moves Swiftly Through South Dakota Legislature

Why It Matters: Firearm and ammunition laws and regulations are often intricate, confusing, and,...

Jun 21 2022 Predator Hunting Will Soon Be Safer and More Effective in South Dakota

Contact: Bob Matthews, Senior Coordinator, Upper Midwestern StatesWhy It Matters: Modern night-vision scopes and...

Jul 12 2021 Conservation Challenges and Opportunities – Focus of CSF’s Midwest Policy Forum

Contact: Nick Buggia, Upper Midwestern States Manager, and Kent Keene, Senior Coordinator, Lower Midwestern...

May 26 2020 Midwest: 2020 Regional Legislative Update

Contacts: Nick Buggia, Upper Midwestern States Manager; Kent Keene, Lower Midwestern States Coordinator Since...

May 11 2020 South Dakota: 2020 Mountain Lion Season Ends in Success for Hunters and the Lions

Contact: Nick Buggia, Upper Midwestern States ManagerApril 30 marked the end of the 2019-2020...

Mar 02 2020 South Dakota Habitat Stamp Would Generate Additional Money for Conservation

Contact: Nick Buggia, Upper Midwestern States ManagerThough the vast majority of conservation efforts are...

Jan 27 2020 South Dakota Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Hosts Event with Ducks Unlimited

Contact: Nick Buggia, Upper Midwestern States ManagerOn January 23rd, the South Dakota Legislative Sportsmen’s...

Apr 01 2019 South Dakota: Governor Kristi Noem Joins the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus

By Nick Buggia, Upper Midwestern States ManagerRecently, newly elected South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem...

Mar 30 2018 South Dakota: Governor Signs Bill Expanding Mentored Hunting Program into Law

By Zachary Sheldon, Upper Midwestern States CoordinatorOn March 23, Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) Member...

Feb 01 2018 South Dakota: Caucus Leadership Introduces Pro-Sportsmen Legislation

On January 24, the co-chairs of the South Dakota Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus introduced two...

Jan 11 2018 South Dakota: Sportsmen’s Caucus Kicks Off 2018 Legislative Session with Reception

On January 10, the South Dakota Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted a reception to kick...

Jun 01 2017 South Dakota: Committee to Discuss Legislation on Non-Meandered Waters Access

On June 2, an interim legislative study committee will meet in Pierre to discuss...

Jan 14 2016 South Dakota Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Inaugural Reception

On January 12, the South Dakota Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus; the 47th state to join...

Aug 12 2015 Outdoor Channel’s ‘Ram Outdoorsman’ Features CSF, Other Sportsman-Conservationist Icons

Last October, Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Member Senator John Thune (SD), news icon Tom...

Jun 11 2015 South Dakota Becomes 47th State to Join the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses

The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) is pleased to announce the addition of the bipartisan...

Latest policy updates

Many sportsmen and women depend on federal lands managed by agencies such...

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Properly managed wildlife habitat is essential for supporting sustainable and healthy wildlife...

Exotic invasive species are plants, animals, or pathogens that are non-native to...

As with many Constitutional protections, the court system has created carve-outs and...

During unprecedented and devastating crises, some governors, through emergency powers granted to...

Shooting ranges have a long tradition of service to a wide variety...

In an attempt to encourage novice hunter participation, many states now offer...

Several states have passed legislation that allows non-resident, full-time college students to...

The vast majority of states throughout the nation offer an online component...

Reports and Data

Jan 01 2022 South Dakota: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

South Dakota: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

Jan 01 2013 2013 Sportsmen's Economic Impact Report - South Dakota

2013 Sportsmen’s Economic Impact Report - South Dakota

Jan 01 2007 2006 Economic Impact Report — South Dakota

South Dakota sportsmen and women outnumber the residents of Rapid City, Aberdeen, Watertown and...

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