Conservation and Trapping Science

South Dakota Trapping Season Updates
Jun 5, 2021 08:09 ET


Trapping Seasons

The Commission proposed to run the beaver trapping and hunting season year-round and statewide, with the exception of the Black Hills Fire Protection District.

Their proposal also would expand the use of body-grip trap sets to be used year-round, in eastern South Dakota.

The Commission proposed to run the river otter season from Nov. 1 – Dec. 31 with a harvest limit of 15. If the 15-river otter harvest limit is reached on or before Nov. 10, an additional five otters would be added to the harvest limit for a total of 20 river otters.

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