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Mule Deer Hunting on Public Land in NW SD

I am an avid white tail hunter who lives in SW Iowa..

But for the first time I am going mule deer hunting in NW SD this fall!

I was looking for anyone who can help me with some info how to hunt these deer.

Is the public land good in this area?

Landowners friednly/approachable to hunt/lease land?

How is the hunting around the city of Buffalo?

Lodging/hotels available?

Please fill me in with some info plz!

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Re: Mule Deer Hunting on Public Land in NW SD

please help me

some other info..

i will be using archery tackle!

give me some info or helpful tips!!

very appreciated!

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My wife and I hunted near Reva in 2002 for mule deer in the area.  Her family has a ranch in that area that has since been passed on to a more distant relative that shut it off to, as he calls us 'shirt tail relatives'.  The area does not look like much but we saw some studs in the couple days we hunted.  We both made the mistake of shooting the first buck we saw and seriously regretted that later.  We saw two bucks over 180" and one might have been pushing 190".  We spent some time on the public ground south of Reva and saw many nice deer.  I suspect you will see plenty of deer - what time of the year are you hunting?  Also remember that SD has a hunter access program and huge blocks of private land are open to public hunting in that area and I suspect you will have them largely to yourself during bow season.

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I bowhunted for antelope last year out of Camp Crook SD. that is the NW corner of the state west of Buffalo, right on the Montana line.  We booked a hunt with a rancher by the name of Mike Thiel, he has a buffalo ranch there,and leases 3 or 4 other ranches for hunting. It was a do it yourself hunt on a private ranch. Cabin to stay in was included for $500.00 a person for 5 days of bowhunting.

There is also lots of public land there, to hunt if you want that.

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NEH, Do you still have the

NEH, Do you still have the info for this landowner? We were looking into hunting SD and this sounds like a good deal? If so, you can send it in a PM. Thanks.

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I bowhunted for antelope last year out of Camp Crook SD. that is the NW corner of the state west of Buffalo, right on the Montana line.  We booked a hunt with a rancher by the name of Mike Thiel, he has a buffalo ranch there,and leases 3 or 4 other ranches for hunting. It was a do it yourself hunt on a private ranch. Cabin to stay in was included for $500.00 a person for 5 days of bowhunting.

There is also lots of public land there, to hunt if you want that.

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ALot, Im talking like 98% of

ALot, Im talking like 98% of land ownders in western SD especially that area have whats known as the "land lock" going on. Basically they arent allowing hunters in on there land or through there land even if they surround a walk in area. Its a big fight with SDGF&P. The real story is they are simpley outfitting on thier own land, which is legal and often on the public land, which is not.

Im not saying you wont have luck, there can be some great huting in that area but expect ALOT of pressure. The locals have nowhere to go either and they know the public lands very very well.

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i disagree with romey. i

i disagree with romey.

i think you wil have no problem finding land to hunt on. what unit are you in? that would help me tell you.

ive been hunting south dakota land for 30 years and have never been put out by a land owner. if you are courteous and willing to give up some cabelas gift cards! i buy a dozen or so for 25 bux each and hand them out like holloween candy. ALWAYS welcomed back with open arms.

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Romey is actually right, at

Romey is actually right, at least in regard to the area around Buffalo and Camp Crook.  Many of the private land owners either charge for hunting their land, or have no interest in letting the land be hunted.  I have been hunting this area for the last few years and a couple of my buddies have been hunting it for a long time (we hunt and camp in the public walk in).  The public land is good but it can get hit pretty hard by hunters.  That can work well if someone drives the deer to you, but can be difficult if the opposite occurs.  There have been some mighty nice muley bucks taken in that area, and there are whitetail too, but they tend to be found more along the creek/river bottoms which is pretty much all private land.

The best bet is to use a GPS if you have one.  The SDGFP has maps that can be downloaded.  There are some areas that are hard to tell where the boundaries are, and we have even come across land that was identified by GFP as public and yet there were "no hunting" signs on it (someone was double-dipping).  Here's a link to a hunting atlas online if you want to see where some of the public land is:  http://www.southdakotahunting.com/downloads/maps-atlas.html  and you can find the GPS maps here:  http://gfp.sd.gov/wildlife/gps/default.asp

This year should be better hunting because they reduced the number of tags issued.

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