South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks


Walk-In Area

The Walk-In Area program leases the hunting rights on private land with a primary goal to provide the best possible free public hunting access to high quality game habitat with the available budget. It is delivered statewide by 44 local widlife conservation officers and one private lands resource biologist.

Controlled Hunting Access Program (CHAP)

CHAP provides free public access to private land. Landowners control the number of hunters that access their land. Landowners are paid based on the number of hunters that use their land.