South Dakota's Early Fall Canada Goose Season Opens Sept. 1

PIERRE, S.D. – The Canada goose hunting season will open on Sunday, Sept. 1, in many parts of South Dakota, and the mourning dove hunting season will open statewide.

The Canada goose season is open from Sept. 1-30 in Unit 1, which includes most of the state. The daily limit through Sept. 30 is 15, with a possession limit of three times the daily limit.

From Sept. 1-30 nonresidents may not hunt in the counties of Beadle, Brookings, Hanson, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Miner, Moody, Sanborn, Turner, Union and Minnehaha.

Hunters may donate Canada geese to help feed the needy through the Sportsmen Against Hunger’s goose donation program. Geese taken from September 1-20 may be donated to participating processors at no charge.

For more information on goose seasons, visit the Game, Fish and Parks Department website at For information on how to donate geese and participating processors visit at

The mourning dove season runs from Sept. 1 through Nov. 9. The daily limit is 15 and the possession limit is 30. For more information, visit the GFP website at

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