Second Portion of Youth Deer Season

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South Dakota’s second leg of the 2004 youth deer season opens Saturday, Dec. 11. Youth hunters ages 12 to 15 who are properly licensed can participate.

"Resident and nonresident youth born Sept. 14, 1998 through Dec. 31, 1992 are eligible for this year’s South Dakota youth deer licenses," said Game, Fish and Parks Regional

Wildlife Manager Will Morlock of Watertown. "However, 15-year old youths may only hunt that portion of the season that they are still 15, as the license becomes invalid on their 16th birthday."

Morlock noted that a number of youth deer licenses still remain and are listed on the GFP website at One should hold their cursor over the subheading "Licenses and Reservations" and click on the link "Leftover Hunting Licenses." From there, click on the link to "Youth Deer." Applicants may have up to five youth deer licenses, valid for any antlerless deer only. The cost is $5 for each license.

"An unarmed adult must accompany each hunter, and each youth and adult must wear at least on exterior garment of florescent orange," Morlock said.

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.