2004 Special Buck Application Will Require Landowner Information

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South Dakota’s 2004 special buck licenses have been set and the special buck application will require information of the landowner from which the applicant has permission to hunt.

"Special buck applicants are now required to add a landowner’s name and phone number on the hunter’s application in order for it to be accepted in the drawing," said Assistant Wildlife Director Emmett Keyser.

A total of 400 resident and 400 nonresident special buck licenses will be available for hunting private land west of the Missouri River. In addition, 400 resident-only special buck licenses will be available for hunting private land east of the Missouri River.

Special buck license fees are $155 for residents and $505 for nonresidents with all revenue dedicated to wildlife damage management.

Special buck licenses are valid only on private land not leased by the department for public hunting. East River special buck licenses are resident-only licenses.

"Even though the applicant has indicated that they have secured permission for hunting as identified for only one landowner on the application," Keyser noted, "special buck hunters may still hunt on any private land not leased by the department in the respective East River or West River unit."

The first application deadline has been moved one month earlier and is set for April 2. Paper applications must be postmarked by that date.

The special buck drawing date is held before the regular West and East River deer drawings. Successful special-buck applicants are not eligible to apply for a regular West or East River deer license until after the second drawing.