South Dakota Hunting News

East River Deer Season Set
Game, Fish and Parks Regional Wildlife Manager Ron Schauer of Sioux Falls said changes provide that landowners who receive one of the special landowner licenses to hunt on their own land will be able to convert "buck" tags to "antlerless" tags for the extended antlerless deer seasons.
Fee Increases Proposed For Some GFP Licenses
"As the cost of providing existing programs and services continues to increase, and as several new projects and program enhancements have already been implemented or are being planned, it has become necessary to look for additional revenue," said Game, Fish and Parks Wildlife Director Doug Hansen.
GFP Now Taking Online Applications for Returned Elk Tags
The Game, Fish and Parks licensing office is now accepting applications for a third elk drawing. This drawing is for Black Hills archery elk, prairie rifle elk and Black Hills rifle elk licenses that were returned after the first two drawings.
Remaining 2004 Hunting Application Deadlines
Game, Fish and Parks officials are reminding hunters that the South Dakota hunting application deadlines still approaching include Black Hills deer, fall turkey, West River deer, paddlefish snagging, tundra swan, firearms antelope, National Wildlife Refuge deer and East River deer.
East River Deer Season Proposal to Increase Licenses
South Dakota’s East River deer proposal is offering more licenses than last year with the intention of further reducing the state’s deer population. Changes from 2003 would increase resident licenses from 44,585 to 46,780 and resident tags from 65,485 to 69,530.
Special Buck Application Available
South Dakota’s 2004 special buck application is available, and contrary to information on it, special buck applicants will be able to apply online for a 2004 South Dakota special buck license.
Archery Education Courses Set for 2004
South Dakota’s big game archers who need archery certification should note that a number of dates for National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) have been set for 2004.
Military Hunting Opportunity
South Dakota military personnel returning home on leave from active duty overseas are reminded that there is an opportunity for them to hunt pheasants without a license through March 31 on volunteering shooting preserves.
Spring Turkey Apps Available
South Dakota’s 2004 spring turkey application is available and can be found at Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) offices, license agents and via the GFP website at www.state.sd.us/gfp/. Folks can also apply online at that web address with a credit card.
New Regulations Proposed for Aerial Hunting
A proposed change to restrictions on aerial hunting for predators over public lands is up for consideration by the Game, Fish and Parks Commission. The proposed change would enable permitted pilots to hunt depredating predators over selected public lands. Current rule prevents any aerial depredation hunts by private permitted pilots over all public lands.