Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping are allowed on the District Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA's) in accordance with Federal and State regulations.
For more information see the SD WPA Public Use Regulations for District-specific regulations and visit South Dakota Game, Fish, & Parks for state licenses and regulations. For additional information on Madison WMD, please contact us.
South Dakota has long been known as the pheasant capital of the nation, but excellent waterfowl and white-tailed deer hunting opportunities are also available. Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage. Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciation of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs.
Extremely wet conditions since the mid 1980's have transformed many WPAs in the District into excellent fisheries. Walleye, perch, crappie, and northern pike can be found in abundance on selected areas throughout the District.
Trapping has long been a tradition in South Dakota. Recreational trapping is available at all WPAs, in accordance with State trapping regulations.