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South Dakota Muley Hunt DIY

Howdy all.  I am new here and from MO.  I have hunted many western states, and am looking into a diy muley hunt in SD.  The SD game and fish website is the most confusing I have ever looked at, so I came here to get some answers.  I will be bow hunting, walking in or 4 wheeler, public land of course, and looking for a good buck to stalk. If you have information that may help me I would appreciate it.  Areas, tag draw info, etc.....Thank You.

 

I would be more than willing to trade a hunt for monster gobblers here in MO, or a spoonbill snagging trip and good odds at catching a 90 pounder or bigger.  I am serious about this deal if you are too then let me know.  I have many pictures of my hunting and fishing success on facebook.  Email me or post here. 

Thanks, Paul Clancy

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I waited awhile to see if

I waited awhile to see if anyone had any real info for you as I have not hunted there yet.

I to have been checking it out as their appears to be a lot of good deer hunting and antelope hunting on the western side of the state.

Every states website is completely different and can take a couple days or more to sort stuff out and get going in the right direction.

Good luck on your search.

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Paul, we're moving this

Paul, we're moving this thread to the "great plains" section which is where SD questions should go. It most likely will not get any feedback under rocky mountains where it was originally posted.

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what info would yo like to

what info would yo like to know...i hunt and live in south dakota??

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what info would yo like to

hunt muleys whitey and lopes

im in western SD...hit me up with your questions

 

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Thank You

Flyguy thanks for replying.  A good friend and I are wanting to hunt SD, western part of state.  I am looking for information on an area to go, and you dont have to tell me the exact spot, just an area that holds good deer numbers.  We are absolute horn hunters.  I dont expect miracles either, but being in the area of a Pope and Young would make me feel better about what we were doing out there in the first place!

1. where would you go if in my shoes, and knowing what you know?

2. what advice could you give a guy that has only hunted white tails from a treestand? I would like for Spot and stalk to be our main method to harvest a SD muley

3. When is the cutoff for applying for a tag?  Is any other "hunting licenses" needed?(I cant find anything on the SD game and fish website, very confusing for me)

I guess thats it for now.  I appreciate your time thank you.

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first applying...depends if

first applying...depends if you are rifle or archery....no real deadline for archery and the season starts in late september....i would venture to say you would be alone out on the prairie hunting! also if archery hunting you would buy a statewide tag this way you can hunt in the southern black hills where there are some nice muleys, white tails and even crosses of the 2. also would probly see elk!!

 west river deer unit firearm deadline  changes every year slightly....last year i applied july 7/21/10.

if i were hunting on public land i would stay in the buffalo national grassland.....TONS OF IT....its literally miles and miles of prairie...sout west part of state...look inot it cuz there are a few different areas in the grassland. east of highway 79 has some nice muleys and may be a little less open for you....plan to walk alot of miles! west is more open country and still some nice bucks. plan on making some connections with ranchers for a private land hunt the next year....might cost you a hundred bucks to access and hunt 10 or 20k acres!!! cheap

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Thanks for good information

Thanks for good information for all of us. I'm always filing info away for future hunts.

I'm starting to try something new or go somewhere new every year and South Dakota is definately on my list of must visit states.

Thanks again for the valuable information.

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no problem...dont forget

no problem...dont forget about our lopes either....when deer applying for rifle hunts there are alot of codes....some tags are muley only or whitetail only some are any deer some are any deer and any antlerless deer...lots of choices

 

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flyguyskt---That is some good

flyguyskt---That is some good information on sw SD.  I dropped off a buddy at the airport in Rapid City the third week of October last year after a week of pheasant hunting up in sw ND.  I had a mulie hunt scheduled a week later down in sw New Mexico so I had time to see some new country on the way.  I headed down 79 and hit 385 all the way down through western Nebraska to Cabelas at Sidney.  I had lots of time and went all the way on two laners to Trinidad, CO before I had to hit the freeway to get through the pass to Raton.  Anyway, the area you mentioned and on down through Nebraska was some super looking country and I saw a lot of deer the first evening before I pulled off the road and popped up the camper for the night at Chadron.  If a guy could find a big ranch or a nice big chunk of public land along there in either state I would bet he could have a ball!!!

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Good info

Thanks everyone.  Yes I would be bowhunting.  Ok, so what are the chances of drawing a tag for the buffalo nat. grasslands area?  Should I be interested in an any deer tag in that area? In case a monster whitetail shows up?

The way i picture this in my head is very open land, with a little sagebrush and boulders.  Is this close?  Whats the plan now, spot one with binos and crawl in for a shot?  This type hunting would be VERY new to me.  We dont do that here, no need.  Thanks again guys.