Pheasant Hunting in Aberdeen: 2020 Ringneck Rush

Pheasant Hunting in Aberdeen: 2020 Ringneck Rush

Pheasant Hunting In Aberdeen

Opening weekend for pheasant hunting in Aberdeen is behind us, but the traditional pheasant hunting season continues through January 31. Whether you’re a guest or a local in Brown County, this page is your quick guide for all things pheasant hunting in the Aberdeen area. //

The Basics

Shooting Hours: 10:00 AM Central Time – sunset

License Requirements:

Residents: Small Game License, any Combination License, Youth Small Game License, or 1-Day Small Game License .

Nonresidents: Nonresident Small Game License or Nonresident Youth Small Game License (each valid for two 5-day hunting periods; start dates must be identified before license is issued). Multiple licenses may be purchased to hunt more than the two 5-day periods allowed by one license.

Daily Limit: Three rooster pheasants

Possession Limit: 15 rooster pheasants, taken according to the daily limit.

Where to Hunt

Watch for these signs to know what type of land you’re hunting.

Walk-in Areas

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These are privately-owned lands leased for public hunting access by the SDGFP. No further permission is required from landowners to hunt these areas.

CREP (Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program)

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Administered by the Farm Service Agency, these are another example of privately-owned lands leased for public hunting and fishing access.

Aberdeen Pheasant Coalition Land

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Found throughout the county and marked with teal green boundary signs and SDGFP walk-in signs, these sites are privately-owned and open to public hunting access through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

Game Production Areas

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These outdoor regions are managed for the production and maintenance of wildlife. The CasanovaGame Production Area, located southwest of Aberdeen, is one of the best state-owned lands for pheasant hunting.


Local Sporting Goods Providers

Dunham’s | 605.229.3023 |

Jim’s Gun and Service Center | 605.225.9111 | Facebook: Jim’s Gun Service Center

Ken’s SuperFair Foods | 605.225.6671 |

Kessler’s | 605.225.1692

Runnings | 605.226.2600

SoDak Sports | 605.996.0316

Walmart | 6052292345

Young Guns | 605.725.2506

Hunting Lodges in Brown County

Base Kamp (Groton)

Lodge Flatland Flyways (Hecla)

Foote Creek Bed & Breakfast

Half Cocked Lodge (Mina)

Pheasant Country Hunts (Aberdeen)

Pine Shadows Daybreak (Frederick)

Rivett Refuge Lodge (Mina)

Royal Flush Hunting Lodge (Stratford)

Wyly Farm & Ranch (Aberdeen)

Online Resources

Download the SD GFP Outdoors App!

  • Purchase your hunting license and keep it on your phone 
  • View public hunting maps by county 
  • Download 2020 hunting and fishing handbooks 
  • Organize your license, maps, and downloads in a digital backpack

Available on Android Google Play and iPhone App Store.

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