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 SBS for pheasants in SD?
truckcop  [Member]
6/3/2011 7:29:25 PM
I've looked at all the hunting regs I could find and the only shotgun restriction I could find was a prohibition on a fully automatic shotgun. I've been going to SD in October for the past 10 years to hunt pheasant but mostly I take pictures as the rest of the group pushes/blocks. I carry two cameras in addition to my shotgun. Our guide sometimes carries a side-by-side 16" coach gun so I thought I might try with my 14" Benelli. I shoot skeet regularly with it so I know what it's capabilities and limitations are. My regular shooter is a 21" M1. I thought the shorty might be a little handier when carrying the cameras. And yes, I know about the ATF forms for taking a C3 out of state. It appears that SBS's are legal in SD (someone correct me if I'm wrong there). Just wondering if there's a prohibition on hunting with one.

meltdown  [Moderator]
6/3/2011 10:37:45 PM
we have a states attorney on here. He would probably know. I can't remember his username though.
dissident might know if you IM him


Surly  [Member]
6/4/2011 7:59:41 AM
I'll ask around today and find out. I love this state...it's the only one I know of that has a season for the state bird.
pokey074  [Member]
6/4/2011 8:16:30 AM
Don't see why not: suppressors are legal for hunting.
jbirdious  [Team Member]
6/7/2011 12:32:25 AM
Originally Posted By meltdown:
we have a states attorney on here. He would probably know. I can't remember his username though.
dissident might know if you IM him




I believe you are talking about TommyTwoGuns.
meltdown  [Moderator]
6/7/2011 7:14:17 AM
The guy I was thinking of is named Tom, but his username is his badge number or something
Dissident  [Member]
6/7/2011 3:14:01 PM
Call SD Game Fish and Parks.
meltdown  [Moderator]
6/7/2011 8:13:31 PM
Originally Posted By Dissident:
Call SD Game Fish and Parks.


Maybe call twice to make sure you don't get two different answers

truckcop  [Member]
6/7/2011 11:45:04 PM
Originally Posted By Dissident:
Call SD Game Fish and Parks.


Yeah, did that. Played the "you need to talk to so-and-so" game for a while, then gave up. I think I'll just stick with my 21".
MrM4  [Team Member]
6/9/2011 12:05:54 PM
Originally Posted By truckcop:
Originally Posted By Dissident:
Call SD Game Fish and Parks.


Played the "you need to talk to so-and-so" game for a while,


That is the norm for them when they dont know.

GUTS  [Team Member]
7/3/2011 4:49:17 PM
If it's a legal shotgun(SBS included) it's good to go. There is no minimum length law for shotguns in SD. This was told to me by a friend of mine that is a SD GFP officer.
Dissident  [Member]
7/4/2011 8:37:39 AM
Originally Posted By GUTS:
If it's a legal shotgun(SBS included) it's good to go. There is no minimum length law for shotguns in SD. This was told to me by a friend of mine that is a SD GFP officer.


I hate to say this but your friend is incorrect. A shotgun with a barrel length less than 18 inches or an overall Length less than 26 inches is defined as a "short shotgun" and classified as a "controlled weapon.". See SDCL 21-1-2(8) and (46). It is a Class 6 felony to knowingly possess a controlled weapon unless the possessor falls under 1 of 4 statutory exceptions.
(1)      Is a law enforcement officer or member of the armed forces of the United States or South Dakota National Guard acting in the lawful discharge of duties;
 (2)      Has a valid state or federal license issued pursuant to law for such weapon or has registered such weapon with the proper state or federal authority pursuant to law;
(3)      Possesses a controlled weapon briefly after having found it or taken it from an offender; or
 (4)      Possesses a controlled weapon, except a machine gun or short shotgun, under circumstances which negate any purpose or likelihood that the weapon would be used unlawfully.
See SDCL 22-14-6.




GUTS  [Team Member]
7/4/2011 7:34:11 PM
Originally Posted By Dissident:
Originally Posted By GUTS:
If it's a legal shotgun(SBS included) it's good to go. There is no minimum length law for shotguns in SD. This was told to me by a friend of mine that is a SD GFP officer.


I hate to say this but your friend is incorrect. A shotgun with a barrel length less than 18 inches or an overall Length less than 26 inches is defined as a "short shotgun" and classified as a "controlled weapon.". See SDCL 21-1-2(8) and (46). It is a Class 6 felony to knowingly possess a controlled weapon unless the possessor falls under 1 of 4 statutory exceptions.
(1)      Is a law enforcement officer or member of the armed forces of the United States or South Dakota National Guard acting in the lawful discharge of duties;
 (2)      Has a valid state or federal license issued pursuant to law for such weapon or has registered such weapon with the proper state or federal authority pursuant to law;
(3)      Possesses a controlled weapon briefly after having found it or taken it from an offender; or
 (4)      Possesses a controlled weapon, except a machine gun or short shotgun, under circumstances which negate any purpose or likelihood that the weapon would be used unlawfully.
See SDCL 22-14-6.





I guess I stated this incorrectly, I meant to say no minumum length law for shotguns for hunting purposes as long as it is a legally owned(tax stamp SBS).