South Dakota Hunting News

2004 Special Buck Application Will Require Landowner Information
South Dakota’s 2004 special buck licenses have been set and the special buck application will require information of the landowner from which the applicant has permission to hunt.
Chronic Wasting Disease Update
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) test results for elk, white-tailed deer and mule deer continue to arrive to the state Dept. of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) from the South Dakota State University Laboratory, and GFP officials say two white-tailed males harvested in the Black Hills of South Dakota have recently tested positive for CWD.
Most 2003 Licenses Valid in January
Game, Fish and Parks officials are reminding South Dakota hunters and anglers that their 2003 South Dakota hunting and fishing licenses are valid through Jan. 31, 2004, contingent upon seasons dates.
Special Buck Proposal Calls for Landowner Information
A change proposed for South Dakota’s 2004 special buck licenses would require a hunter’s application to include the name and phone number of the landowner from which they had permission to hunt.
Extended West and East River Firearms Deer Hunting
South Dakota deer hunters are reminded about extended opportunity for unfilled and unsold regular West and East River deer firearms licenses.
Anterless Deer Hunting Opportunity
To encourage hunters to harvest additional antlerless deer, state Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials are reminding youth, muzzleloader and archery antlerless hunters that leftover licenses remain for these deer seasons that are currently open. Additionally, extensions for South Dakota’s West and East River deer seasons will be open Jan. 1-11 for more antlerless deer harvest opportunity.
Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season Opens
South Dakota deer hunters are reminded that the state’s muzzleloader deer season opened Saturday, Dec. 13 and continues through Saturday, Jan. 31.
CWD Update
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) test samples for elk, white-tailed deer and mule deer continue to arrive to the state Dept. of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) from the South Dakota State University Laboratory, and GFP officials say another elk harvested in South Dakota has tested positive.
Extended West River Deer Season
South Dakota’s 2003 West River deer season closes at sunset on Sunday, Nov. 23. However, West River deer hunters are reminded that all unfilled and unsold West River deer tags, with the exception of special buck licenses, will be valid one week longer from Nov. 24-30. This will include unfilled antlerless tags from the October season for Jones, Lyman and Mellette counties.
Web Response Available for Harvest Survey
Harvest survey cards are being mailed from the Department of Game, Fish and Parks, and hunters who receive one need to complete and return them, whether or not they hunted or were successful at harvesting a game animal. In addition to the usual mail-back option, hunters can respond through a website address where they can record their hunting activities for any of the hunting seasons.