By Lars Dalseide | June 18 2013 15:13

From the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission - Deer Hunting Seasons Finalized, South Dakota Antelope Hunting Season Proposed

DEER HUNTING SEASONS FINALIZED

Hunting pronghorn antelopes out west Pierre, South Dakota - The Game, Fish and Parks Commission has finalized all 2013 South Dakota deer hunting seasons.

The online application process for the hunting seasons will open in mid-June. A new paper application including all deer seasons will be available later this month. Deadline dates for submission of applications will vary and are specified within the application.

East River Deer season dates are Nov. 23-Dec. 8 for all tags, and Dec. 29-Jan. 5 for antlerless tags only. The deadline for license lottery applications is Aug. 30.

The West River Deer season will run from Nov. 16-Dec. 1 for all tags; except Gregory and Mellette counties will run from Nov. 2-5 and Nov. 18-24, and Dewey, Ziebach and Corson counties will run from Nov. 2-24. The season will be open in all areas Dec. 29-Jan. 5 for antlerless tags only. Deadline for license lottery applications is July 19.

Additional seasons, season dates and application deadlines are as follows:

  • Black Hills Deer, Nov. 1-30 for all tags, application deadline July 19
  • Custer State Park Deer, Nov. 2-15, application deadline July 19
  • The Archery Deer season will run from Sept. 28-Dec. 31 for all tags. In addition, antlerless tags will be valid from Jan. 1-15.
  • The Muzzleloader Deer season will run from Dec. 1-31 for all tags. In addition, antlerless tags will be valid from Jan. 1-15. Deadline for license lottery application for the limited Any Deer tags available is Aug. 30.

The National Wildlife Refuge Deer seasons have various starting dates within each refuge. Deadline for license lottery applications is Aug. 30. The Youth Deer season will run from Sept. 14-Jan. 15.

Application information for these deer hunting seasons will be available online through the GFP website at www.gfp.sd.gov beginning in mid-June.

SOUTH DAKOTA ANTELOPE HUNTING SEASON PROPOSED

Pierre, South Dakota - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has proposed changes to the 2013 firearms antelope hunting season.

One proposed change would reduce the number of licenses available in the resident-only season. There would be 165 fewer one-tag licenses and 345 fewer two-tag licenses than were available in 2012.

Another proposed change would close two units due to low antelope numbers: Unit 45A that encompasses most of Lyman County and Unit 45B, the Fort Pierre National Grasslands unit. Closing these two firearm units would also close these areas to the archery antelope season.

Season dates for the 2013 firearms antelope season would be Sept. 28-Oct. 13.

In addition to proposing the firearms antelope season, the Commission finalized the Custer State Park antelope hunting season with no changes from 2012. There will be three any antelope licenses available for season dates Oct. 15-23.

The antelope hunting season proposal will be finalized at the July 8-9 GFP Commission meeting, which will be held in Pierre at the Ramkota RiverCentre. To view the full proposals on those seasons, visit: www.gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/default.aspx and look under the "Rule Proposals" heading.

To comment on any of the proposals, send a letter to: South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501; or email wild.info@state.sd.us. Comments on proposal will be taken until 5 p.m. CDT on June 5. To be included in the public record, please include your full name and city of residence.

To comment in person on these proposed rule changes, the GFP Commission will host a public hearing beginning at 2 p.m. CDT as part of their meeting on Monday, July 8.

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