Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season Opens

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South Dakota deer hunters are reminded that the state’s muzzleloader deer season opened Saturday, Dec. 13 and continues through Saturday, Jan. 31.

"Muzzleloader deer hunters must harvest antlerless deer and use only legal muzzleloaders with open or peep sites," said Communications Manager Chuck Schlueter. He added that deer hunters are also required to wear at least one item of fluorescent-orange clothing.

Hunters can begin one-half hour before sunrise and hunt until one-half hour after sunset.

Schlueter noted that a number of muzzleloader licenses are still available. "These leftovers are first-come, first-served and open for both residents and nonresidents by mailing in a paper application only," he said. He added that the price change of muzzleloader deer tags went from $20 for types 03 and 06 to $15 and from $30 for types 13 and 17 to $25.

The muzzleloader application is available from the GFP website at From there, click on the link to leftover licenses found under the subheading "Popular Shortcuts."