PIERRE, S.D. – Hunters taking the field for South Dakota’s small game seasons are reminded that the use of nontoxic shot for small game hunting is required on most public lands.
"Although Game, Fish and Parks officials encourage hunters to use nontoxic shot for all hunting, it is not required on U.S. Forest Service National Grasslands, state School and Public Lands or on GFP leased property designated as Walk-In Areas when hunting small game, such as pheasants or grouse," said GFP Senior Biologist Spencer Vaa of Brookings.
According to Vaa, federally approved nontoxic shot includes:
Hunters should refer to the Steel Shot Lethality Table printed on page 50 of the 2005 Hunting Handbook (unavailable in online version) to select scientifically proven steel shot loads for waterfowl and upland game birds.