my brother lives in SD and hunts Harding Co annually. Last winter there was a MASSIVE winter kill up there--SD GFP also saw this and really limited permits this yr b/c of the winter kill. He hunts public up there and this year there we WAY LESS goats running around. It will take a few yrs for the herd up there to recover. FYI
I was pretty happy to draw tags this year. I know everyone is saying the numbers are down, but I saw a ton of goats last year in Butte and Harding county. Haven't been out yet this year to scout, so not sure what it looks like.
a quick note....the third draw is open right now for antelope. i put in for more tags...most doe/kid tags leftover but after this draw it is first come first serve...so basically is over the counter. there were alot of tags left by the way!
If you want to properly preserve velvet antlers, you will have to inject & brush them with formaldehyde or some of the new less toxic chemicals (4 in 1 solution works great as does Knobloch's antler in velvet tan) as its easier to use however, both will work.
First, using rubber gloves take a razor blade and make small incisions at the tips of all points about 1/8". Next hang the antlers upside down, allowing the blood to drain. Starting at the bases inject the solution into the...