Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season Opens December 11

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As most of South Dakota’s rifle deer seasons are ending, the state’smuzzleloader-only deer season will be beginning. Muzzleloader hunters can begin Saturday, Dec. 11 and continue through Monday, 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 exterior 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 only by mailing in a paper application," he said.

The muzzleloader application is available from the GFP website at From there, one should hold the cursor over the subheading "Licenses and Reservations" and click on the link to leftover licenses.