Hunting & Finishing Opportunities

Whether you're a sportsman in pursuit of walleye or waterfowl, northern pike or pheasant, goose or late-season greenheads, deer, turkey or just the perfect steak dinner following a day on the trail, Sisseton is the preferred destination for outdoor recreation.

In the vast Coteau des Prairies surrounding Sisseton, you'll find prairie potholes that dot the landscape, exceptional lakes with some of the finest walleye fishing anywhere, free-roaming wildlife, excellent lodging and dining options and, when the sun sets, casino gaming to spice up your nightlife.

To increase opportunities for sportsmen, you'll discover a number of outstanding guide services available in the area, some with great lodges, as well as private hunting preserves and tribal licenses to ensure that you fill your tag or pack your cooler. So, when the sporting bug bites, put Sisseton on the map as your outdoor paradise.

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South Dakota Seasons

  • Pheasant Hunting – Traditional
    mid-October to early January

  • Pheasant Hunting – Preserve
    September to March

  • Prairie Chicken Hunting
    mid-September to mid-December

  • Dove Hunting
    September to mid-October

  • Waterfowl Hunting
    early October to early December

  • East River Deer Hunting – Firearm
    mid-November to early December

  • East River Deer Hunting – Archery
    late September to December

  • Turkey Hunting
    Spring and Fall

Hunting on Public Land

South Dakota offers hunters access to nearly five million acres of public land. The Department of Game, Fish & Parks maintains an interactive tool that allows you to view maps and other information about public lands. In addition, the department offers maps and information on Walk-In Area, Game Production Areas, Waterfowl Production Areas, some School Lands and some Bureau of Land Management Lands.

Hunting on Private Land

Hunters and trappers must have permission from landowners or lessees of private land before hunting on that land.


In Sisseton, State of South Dakota hunting and fishing licenses are available at Jemm's Fuel Max, 2216 E. SD Hwy 10 (698-7377), or Stillson Service, 5 Veterans Ave. (698-3512)

Hunting on Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Lands

Sisseton-Wahpeton tribal lands hold a wealth of hunting and fishing opportunities. State licenses are NOT valid on Sisseton-Wahpeton tribal lands. Tribal licenses, including waterfowl licenses, are available directly through the Tribe's Wildlife Department. For specific tribal licensing information, call 605-698-3911. (Fax 605-698-3708)