State of South Dakota  
EIGHTY-SEVENTH SESSION
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2012  

831T0030   HOUSE BILL   NO.  1176  

Introduced by:    Representatives Venner, Bolin, Brunner, Greenfield, Hubbel, Jensen, Kirkeby, Liss, Olson (Betty), Russell, Schaefer, and Tornow and Senators Maher and Sutton
 

        FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to authorize certain party hunting methods and practices pertaining to the hunting of big game.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
    Section 1. That chapter 41-6 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as follows:
    The provisions of §§ 41-6-19, 41-6-19.1, 41-6-20, 41-6-27, 41-6-28, 41-8-6, 41-8-18, and any other provision of law notwithstanding, any person who holds a valid South Dakota hunting license for any big game species may allow any other hunter who possesses a valid South Dakota hunting license, for any game animal or game bird species, to kill a big game animal corresponding with the person's big game hunting license if the other hunter and the holder of the big game license are part of a hunting party under the following conditions:
            (1)    For purposes of this section, a hunting party consists of at least two persons who are licensed to hunt in South Dakota, at least one of whom possesses a valid license to hunt a big game animal in South Dakota, and who are present and in the field hunting

together and are all using firearms or all using archery equipment;

            (2)    If two or more licensed hunters are hunting as a party, a member of the party may take more than one big game animal, but the total number of big game animals taken by the party may not exceed the number of corresponding unfilled big game licenses in the party;
            (3)    No person who is less than sixteen years of age may participate as a member of a hunting party under this section;
            (4)    A nonresident who does not possess a South Dakota nonresident big game license may only kill a big game animal under this section if the big game license corresponding to the big game animal that is taken is held by a South Dakota resident who is a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, or spouse of the nonresident.