Nonresident Antlerless Deer/Antelope Fees Reduced

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Fees for South Dakota’s nonresident one-tag and two-tag antlerless deer and antelope licenses have been reduced to $55 and $80 respectively. "The primary reason these fees have been reduced is to provide more incentive for nonresidents to buy the licenses and help with harvest of antlerless deer," said Game, Fish and Parks Game Management Specialist Ron Fowler.

"The primary reason these fees have been reduced is to provide more incentive for nonresidents to buy the licenses and help with harvest of antlerless deer," said Game, Fish and Parks Game Management Specialist Ron Fowler. "More harvest of antlerless deer needs to be done for deer management purposes."

A secondary reason was to make the license fees comparative to the state’s other big game license costs. In most cases, antlerless deer and antlerless antelope license fees cost less than licenses that allow the harvest of a buck or two deer/antelope.

"An exception has been for South Dakota’s fee for nonresident one-tag antlerless deer or antelope licenses, which have cost $155, the same for an any-animal license or a nonresident two-tag antlerless license," Fowler noted. To put these licenses in correct proportion to the state’s other licenses, fees for these licenses have been reduced."