Leftover Elk Licenses Open To All Eligible Residents

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Game, Fish and Parks officials say all eligible South Dakotans can apply for South Dakota’s leftover antlerless elk licenses without affecting their future eligibility. People who would be ineligible for these licenses are those who were successful in the first 2005 elk drawing and those who have had their hunting privileges revoked.

"Even if a person has had an elk license in one of these units in recent years, he or she can still apply for these leftover antlerless tags," said GFP License Supervisor Scott Simpson. "And, those who are successful will still retain all their elk preference accrued to date." He explained that preference only applies to an applicant’s first choice in the season’s first drawing, and South Dakota’s first elk drawing has passed for 2005."

Eligible applicants can apply for each of the three seasons, which include Black Hills firearm elk, archery elk and prairie firearms elk. Applicants must include the $5 application fee for each season for which they apply.

Simpson noted that the $105 license fee must also be included for this drawing. "Second drawing elk applicants must also include one $105 antlerless license fee with their elk application(s)," he said. "Only one $105 license fee is required, because a person can only have one South Dakota elk license in a year. Thus, if a person applies for two antlerless elk seasons, they will pay $10 in application fees and $105 in license fees for a total of $115."

Those interested in viewing the list of leftover elk licenses, printing an application or applying online should visit the GFP website at www.sdgfp.info, hold their cursor over "Licenses and Reservations" and click on the link of interest. Paper applications must be postmarked no later than June 10. Online applicants have up to midnight on Monday, June 13, to submit their electronic application. Residents who do not already have a 2005 South Dakota elk license may submit one application for each elk season.