South Dakota Hunting News

Emergency Elk Rule Proposed
To help alleviate potential elk depredation problems, a recent Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposal would expand boundaries of elk unit 404A and B on the east side of Wind Cave National Park and Custer State Park for the unit’s Dec. 1-31 season.
Late CSP Elk Season Added for Unsuccessful Applicants
An additional, late antlerless elk season has been added for Custer State Park’s (CSP) 2003 unsuccessful elk applicants. The additional season is Jan. 3-18, 2004, with 30 tags available.
Deer Depredation Application Available
South Dakota resident deer hunters should note that the paper application for the 2003-2004 big game depredation pool is available and must be postmarked on or before Nov. 30. The option to apply online is not available.
Successful Elk Hunters Reminded to Check-in
Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials say some elk hunters are not checking in their harvested elk as is required of them by law. According to Regional Wildlife Manager John Wrede of Rapid City, all elk taken in South Dakota must be checked by a GFP Conservation Officer or a designated check-in station within 24 hours of harvesting an elk.
Harding County Hunter Advisory
With the start of firearm antelope season beginning Oct. 4, hunters are advised to check on the status of their favorite hunting spot before traveling out. "Four landowners in Harding County have recently cancelled their Walk-In Area contracts," said Game, Fish and Parks Hunting Access Coordinator Bill Smith.
Archery Deer Season Opens September 27th
South Dakota’s archery deer season will begin Saturday, Sept. 27, and remain open through Dec. 31. Archers are reminded about the new archery equipment restrictions set earlier this year, and that archery licenses are unlimited in number and available throughout the archery season.
West Nile Virus Not Transmitted by Consuming Wild Game
As South Dakota hunters prepare for the fall hunting seasons, many are asking if it is safe to consume dove, pheasant, grouse, geese or other wild game with this summer’s emergence of West Nile Virus (WNV).
Hunting Atlas and Handbook Available
Copies of the 2003 Hunting Atlas and 2003 Hunting Handbook are available at Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) offices and the department’s website at
Autumn Draws Hunters to State Parks
Game, Fish and Parks officials are reminding hunters that many camping opportunities exist in South Dakota’s state parks this upcoming hunting season. "Many fall hunters are discovering that state parks offer an inexpensive place to stay while hunting in the area," says Emilie Miller, information specialist with the Division of Parks and Recreation.
EHD Detected in Portion of Harding County
Hunters considering a trip to a portion of Harding County this fall need to be aware that a common deer disease is effecting the white-tailed deer population.