Waterfowl Regulations

Tribal Regulations

The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe sets its regulations, season dates and bag limits for mourning doves and waterfowl within federal guidelines. These regulations are set and published separately in late summer.

General: A Tribal General License, Tribal Waterfowl License and Federal Waterfowl Stamp are required of all hunters of waterfowl within the exterior boundaries of the reservation, except that nonmembers may hunt waterfowl on the waters of the Missouri River and its shoreline with either the Tribal or state license (during an open season allowed by that license) and the appropriate federal stamp (see notice). No person hunting waterfowl may use or possess shotshells except those loaded with non-toxic shot. The head or feathered wing must remain attached during transportation. All migratory game birds must be retrieved and retained in the custody of the hunter in the field.

It is unlawful to: take migratory game birds during a closed season; without requisite Tribal licenses, or before or after shooting hours; take more than one daily bag limit on any one day; possess more than one daily bag limit while in the field, or while returning from the field to one's car, camp, home, etc.; transport another's migratory game birds without proper tagging; possess live birds; transport migratory game birds without leaving attached the proper head/foot/wing for transportation.

No person shall: hunt Migratory Birds with: a shotgun using a plug of two (2) or more pieces or a shotgun with a barrel length less than 18 inches.

 Federal Regulations

In addition to Tribal regulations, these federal rules apply to taking, possessing, transporting and storing migratory game birds:

Restrictions: No person may take migratory game birds:
– With trap, snare, net, crossbow, rifle, pistol, swivel gun, shotgun larger than 10 gauge, punt gun, battery gun, handgun, machine gun, fish hook, poison drug, explosive or stupefying substance.

– With a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells.

– From a sink box (a low-floating device that conceals the hunter beneath the surface of the water).

– From or with the aid or use of a car or other motor-driven land conveyance or an aircraft.

– From a motorboat or sailboat unless the motor has been shut off or the sail and its progress has been ceased.

– By the use or aid of live decoys.

– By using records or tapes of migratory birdcalls or sounds or electrically amplified imitations of birdcalls.

– By driving, rallying, or chasing birds with a motorized conveyance or a sailboat to put them in range of hunters.

– By placing feed such as corn, wheat, salt or other feed to attract migratory game birds. An area is considered to be baited for 10 days after the removal of the bait. It is not necessary for hunters to know an area is baited to be in violation.

Wanton Waste: All migratory game birds must be retrieved, if possible and retained in the custody of the hunter in the field.

Live Birds: Crippled birds must be immediately killed.