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!
I am always amazed at the amount of scent control products that exist on the market today. But they are there for a reason. Game animals have incredible noses and if you go out into the field smelling like body odor, summer sausage, gasoline and last night's Miller High Life fiasco you will probably not be punching a tag. Scent control sprays aren't cheap though. On a college student budget I had a serious need to alleviate at least some of my hunting costs. This is why I decided to...