South Dakota Hunting News

Archery Antelope Season Opens August 16th
South Dakota’s archery antelope season will begin Saturday, Aug. 16, and remain open through Oct. 31 in those areas of the state with a firearms antelope season. However hunters are reminded that this season is closed during the firearms antelope season.
Send Archery Deer Apps By August 29th
South Dakota’s archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 27, 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. 29.
2003 Firearms Antelope Season Set
Because aerial surveys completed during May and June indicated an approximate 24 percent increase in South Dakota’s antelope populations, an additional 720 licenses with 1,220 tags will be available for the 2003 firearms antelope season.
Firearms Antelope Season Proposed
The Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposal for the state’s firearms antelope season would allow fewer one-tag licenses and more two-tag licenses if finalized without changes in July.
East River Deer Season Proposed
South Dakota’s East River deer season has been proposed with an extended, one-week antlerless season that would run Dec. 1-7 and another season that would run Jan. 1-11.
2002 Big Game Harvest Projection Report Available
South Dakota’s big game harvest projections from 2002 seasons are now available online at
Youth Hunter Education Challenge
Hunt Safe graduates under the age of 19 have an opportunity on Saturday, June 21, to test their hunting, shooting and other outdoor skills against other recent graduates from across the state.
More Muzzleloader Only Deer Licenses Available
"In a continuing effort to increase antlerless deer harvest in South Dakota, roughly two hundred more muzzleloader licenses will be available than last year," said Regional Wildlife Manager Andy Lindbloom of Pierre.
Nonresident Antlerless Deer/Antelope Fees Reduced
Fees for South Dakota’s nonresident one-tag and two-tag antlerless deer and antelope licenses have been reduced to $55 and $80 respectively.
Online Applications Available
Hunters applying online for South Dakota’s big game licenses should remember that the program is open for the first three drawings.