South Dakota Dove, Quail & Partridge Hunting
South Dakota is home to many different species of game birds that are challenging to hunt!
If you are looking to improve your skills, or just want to get out and shootgame birds - South Dakota is for you.
Dove, Quail & Partridge Hunting in SD 2010
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Mourning doves are found almost everywhere in South Dakota. The prefer grasslands, open woodlands, agricultural fields, and residential areas. Primary foods are seeds and small grains.
These speedy birds have been clocked at 50 miles per hour in the air, enough jukes and jives to make them very elusive game. Mourning doves are typically hunted early morning and at dusk as they travel from feed (often grain fields) to water and back.
A hunter may cover in light camouflage and wait for pass shooting; may use decoys; and, though a challenge, may walk shelterbelts and fields to flush the birds.
Bobwhite quail are named for their distinctive call, a rising whistle bob White-bob bob White. South Dakota is on the extreme northern range for these birds, and are most likely found in the southeastern part of the state.
Bobwhites may be found in a variety of semi-open areas including farmland, ditches, woodland edges and brushy meadows. Seeds and insects make up a large share of this birds diet.
The birds nearly always forage on the ground, but will occasionally move into low shrubs and vegetation. They are usually be found in coveys in the fall. One trait the bird is noted for is "freezing" when alarmed to allow its camouflage coloring to blend into its surroundings.
Gray and chukar partridge are relatives of the pheasant, and also a transplant from Eurasia.
The gray, or Hungarian, partridge has a rusty colored face, and a gray chest with a dark colored U-shaped blotch on their belly. Their beak is dark and legs gray. The chukar is similar with a red bill and feet and a black necklace.
Partridge can be found in grassy and agricultural areas, especially where there are shelterbelts and woodlots. They are jumpy and may flush in groups at some distance. A good hunting dog can be very helpful in getting on a covey of partridge.
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