Other Restrictions on Hunting Methods
Firearms and Accompanying Persons: If you have a license to bowhunt big game and are hunting during an archery only season, it is illegal to:
- Possess a firearm while you are in the field bowhunting or …
- Be accompanied by someone carrying a firearm or …
- Be accompanied by someone who has a bow and arrow but does not have a license to bowhunt in the same area and during the same time of year as shown on your license.
Electronic Calls: Electronic calls are prohibited when bowhunting big game.
- This includes turkeys.
- If you are hunting mountain lions, electronic calls are allowed.
Dogs: Dogs are prohibited when bowhunting big game unless:
- You are hunting mountain lions during an established season and according to GFP rules or …
- The dog is on a leash, is being controlled by a person, and is being used only to retrieve a big game animal that is wounded or dead and the person controlling the dog complies with Chapter 41-8 of South Dakota’s Codified Laws.
Spotlighting: Using any type of artificial lighting while hunting at night (called “spotlighting”) is illegal in South Dakota.
- From sunset to sunrise, it is illegal to use or possess night-vision equipment or artificial lights, including spotlights and headlights, if you:
- Are on a highway or in a field, pasture, woodland, forest, or prairie and …
- Are spotting, locating, taking, or attempting to take or hunt an animal and …
- Possess or are using archery, firearm, or other hunting equipment.
- If you are on foot, you may use a handheld light to take raccoons that have been treed by a dog.