South Dakota Hunting News

Gifting Wild Game Or Fish Requirements
South Dakotans have a long tradition of making a gift of their harvested game or fish, which is a perfectly acceptable practice if done within certain boundaries. People must also remember it is illegal to sell, trade, or barter wild game and fish for monetary gain.
Second Portion of Youth Deer Season
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. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
Deer Depredation Pool Deadline
South Dakota resident deer hunters should note that application deadlines for the 2004-2005 deer depredation pool are close. Paper applications must be postmarked on or before Friday, Nov. 26. Online applicants have up to midnight on Monday, Nov. 29.
Leftover Firearms Deer Licenses
Leftover big game licenses for the West River and East River firearms deer hunting seasons are now available at some local license agents to facilitate the sale of the permits. The Department of Game, Fish and Parks will offer remaining licenses for the two deer seasons by sale over the Internet from the GFP web site.
Resident Deer Depredation Application Available
Game, Fish and Parks officials say paper and online applications are available for South Dakota’s 2004-05 resident deer depredation pool. Paper applications must be postmarked on or before Nov. 26. Online applicants have up to midnight on Monday, Nov. 29.
Bighorn Sheep Transferred
Any South Dakotans feeling sheepish about the state’s bighorn sheep numbers should now rejoice. Thirty bighorn sheep were recently transferred to South Dakota from the Wheeler Peak area of New Mexico.
Harvested Elk To Be Checked-In Within 24 Hours
Elk hunters need to remember that all elk taken in South Dakota must be checked by a Game, Fish and Parks Conservation Officer or a designated check-in station within 24 hours of harvesting an elk. Successful elk hunters who forgot to properly check in their elk should contact Wrede at (605) 394-2394 to answer a few simple questions that will help to fill the harvest data gaps created by unchecked elk.
Compounding Is Unlawful
With some hunting seasons in progress and other seasons opening, South Dakotans should be aware of the criminal act called "compounding." No, this is not a type of archery bow, but rather an illegal act that can result in either a misdemeanor or felony with associated penalties.
Hunters Asked To Assist In Search
South Dakota hunters are being asked to assist in the search for an elderly North Dakota couple who were reported missing from their Hettinger, N.D. home on Aug. 17. To this point, there have been no credible sightings of Norman and Yvonne Olson, and ground and air searches have turned up no clues.
Archery Deer Application Deadline
South Dakota’s archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 25, and if archers want to have their archery deer license by that date, state Game, Fish and Parks officials say archers need to submit their application no later than Friday, Aug. 27.