South Dakota Hunting News

New Preference Point Purchase Option
A new option to allow the purchase of a preference point is available for South Dakota’s 2003 elk, bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunting seasons.
More Youth Deer Licenses Proposed
Under a recent Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposal, more youth licenses would be available than last year and individual youth hunters would be able to obtain more than one youth license.
Reduced Nonresident Deer and Antelope Fees Proposed
A recent Game, Fish and Parks proposal would establish reduced fees for nonresident one-tag and two-tag antlerless deer and antelope licenses.
New Archery Restrictions Proposed
The Game, Fish and Parks Commission has requested public input on their recent proposal that would modify the restrictions for archery hunting equipment in South Dakota.
2003 Elk Seasons Proposed With Preference Point-Only Option
South Dakota’s 2003 firearms prairie, Black Hills firearms and archery elk seasons were recently proposed with additional licenses and a new option to apply only for a preference point.
New Online Volunteer Coyote Hunter Program
An opportunity for coyote hunters to list their names and contact information online has been added to the state Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) website.
Two More Deer Positive For CWD
As planned testing from the fall and winter of 2002-03 draws to a close, two more deer collected in the Black Hills have been returned from a laboratory having tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).
Why Add Mountain Lions to Big Game Category?
State Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials say there is confusion about a bill under consideration in the state legislature that would change the status of the mountain lion in South Dakota to that of a "big game" animal.
Elk Hunters Get Extension in Black Hills and Custer State Park
The Game, Fish and Parks Commission has extended the hunting season for Black Hills Antlerless Elk license holders. The action was taken to harvest additional elk in areas where high elk numbers are becoming a concern. In Custer State Park, antlerless elk license holders from units 501B and 501C with unfilled tags will be able to hunt in Custer State Park from December 24, 2002 through January 26, 2003.
Mountain Lion Poacher Sought
Game, Fish and Parks is requesting help to find the person(s) who shot a mountain lion in the Black Hills during the second week of November. A radio collared lion was found dead about four miles south and three miles west of Sturgis near the Meade/Lawrence county line (about 1 mile south of Red Hill).