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ADA / Accessible

South Dakota offers options for people with disabilities to enhance their hunting experience.


A Crossbow / Draw-Lock permit is available to any person who is incapable of using a conventional bow with a minimum draw weight of 40 pounds, due to the loss of use of one or both arms, caused by birth defect, injury, disease, or who uses a wheelchair for mobility.

Designated Shooter - The applicant may designate one shooter to legally hunt or take game on their behalf.

Disabled Hunter Permit - allows a qualified hunter to lawfully shoot game animals from a stationary motor vehicle (normally illegal).

Reduced Fee Hunting and Fishing card for persons with total disability and certain veterans - South Dakota residents who qualify and are approved will be issued a Disabled/Veteran Hunting and Fishing Card for a $10 fee.

Programs and Areas

Game Production Areas - Some GPAs enhanced for accessibility will permit access on special designated roads and trails for those individuals with a disabled hunter permit.

West River Deer Hunt - GFP has a special unit for the West River firearms deer season in Stanley County (Unit 358D) for individuals who use a wheelchair for mobility.

State Parks have several accessible facilites to support outdoor activities.

SANDS - Sportsmen Assisting Disabled Sportsmen

The SANDS program helps men, women and children with disabilities by providing a means for them to meet able-bodied outdoors men and women who volunteer their time and abilities. They work to help people with disabilities enjoy hunting and fishing.