South Dakota Hunting News

Deer Depredation Application Deadline Approaching
South Dakota resident deer hunters are reminded that paper applications for the 2002-2003 big game depredation pool must be postmarked on or before Nov. 30. Online applications will be accepted up to midnight, Monday Dec. 2.
Current 2002 CWD Results
To determine if Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), still occurs in South Dakota's free-roaming deer or elk populations, the Department of Game, Fish and Parks is continuing to collect and test tissue samples of deer and elk from a few hunting units where CWD is felt to most likely exist. Since 1997, a total of 1,693 deer and elk have been tested, and the only CWD-positive animal found was a white-tailed deer in Fall River County last fall.
Deer Attractants Prohibited
With South Dakota's youth deer season opening Saturday, Sept. 14, and the archery deer season opening Saturday, Sept. 21, state Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials are reminding hunters that hunting over deer licks or bait stations is prohibited.
Hunting Season Misprints
Grouse and some deer hunters should note misprints for season dates in some Game, Fish and Parks publications. An insert noting the hunting units sent with the 2002 youth deer hunting licenses indicate the dates for the youth deer season were Sept. 15-23 and Dec. 8-31. The correct dates are Sept 14-22 and Dec. 7-31, which are printed on each youth deer license. Letters to youth deer license holders have been sent to notify of this error.
Archery Deer Application Deadline Approaching
South Dakota's archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 21, 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 Aug. 23.
Deer and Antelope Applications Available
Applications for South Dakota's East River deer and firearms antelope seasons are now available. Hunters ready to apply for this year's firearms antelope and East River deer seasons can do so with their computers or by sending in a paper application.
2001 Harvest Projection Reports Available
Season summaries, unit harvest projections, study objectives and more information on species harvested in South Dakota are available in two publications from the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks. "Both reports were originally produced with research biologists and wildlife managers in mind," Harvest Survey Coordinator Art Smith said, "but in recent years we have seen an increasing interest by the general hunting public for the information presented in these publications."
Elk Licenses Available
Unclaimed elk licenses are now available for people who do not already have a 2002 permit. Those interested in the third drawing must apply via computer and will not sacrifice their eligibility or accrued preference if successful, according to state Game, Fish and Parks officials.
Undercover Investigation Bags 14 Poachers
An undercover investigation conducted by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks and prosecuted by the South Dakota Attorney General's Office has resulted in a string of hunting-related convictions. The convictions came as part of covert wildlife law enforcement investigation work conducted during the 1999 and 2000 hunting seasons at the William (Bill) Moschell commercial hunting operation near Fedora, S.D.
2002 Black Hills Deer Season Finalized
Fewer Black Hills deer special unit licenses will be available for 2002, however the number of Black Hills buck-only licenses will remain the same as last year. Wildlife Biologist Ted Benzon of Rapid City said special unit licenses were decreased in number from 1,200 to 950. Buck-only licenses will remain constant at 5,000.