2002 Black Hills Deer Season Finalized

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Fewer Black Hills deer special unit licenses will be available for 2002, however the number of Black Hills buck-only licenses will remain the same as last year.

Wildlife Biologist Ted Benzon of Rapid City said special unit licenses were decreased in number from 1,200 to 950. Buck-only licenses will remain constant at 5,000.

"The reduction in special unit licenses in Units 402A and 404A is due to last year's high adult deer mortality and a high fawn mortality, as determined by ongoing research studies on deer in the southern Black Hills," Benzon said. "Black Hills buck-only tags will remain at the same number for the third year in a row. This consistency is needed to determine if the new management plan is accomplishing what the public wants for buck quality."

Individuals are allowed one Black Hills deer license, either a buck-only or special unit. Bucks taken on a buck-only license must have antlers with two points or more on at least one side.

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

The Black Hills season will be Nov 1-30 for buck only, and Nov. 10-19 for special management units. The first application deadline is July 12, and applications can be filled out and submitted online at this web site.