South Dakota Hunting News

Youth Deer Hunts Proposed
South Dakota's youth deer hunters would have a few more licenses available, and nonresident youth could apply for leftover licenses after the initial drawings if a recent Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposal is ratified in May. Season dates would be Sept. 14-22 and Dec. 7-31.
2002 Elk Season Set
South Dakota's 2002 elk seasons have been finalized with more licenses than last year and a December, additional antlerless-only opportunity under the Black Hills firearms season. Total available licenses for the Black Hills firearms elk season increased from 490 any elk, 160 bull elk and 474 antlerless elk to 496 any elk and 676 antlerless elk licenses. Another change combined units 407 and 408 into an expanded unit 407. Lastly, additional opportunity in December was established for antlerless elk licenses in all units.
CWD Deer Tests Negative
Test results on 90 deer recently collected in southwestern South Dakota resulted in no additional findings of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in that area. The deer were collected for testing in early March after some of the deer taken by Nebraska Game and Parks personnel in northwestern Nebraska tested positive for the disease. The follow-up testing in South Dakota was done to determine if CWD existed in free-roaming deer herds in southern Fall River County.
Elk Season Proposals
The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission recently proposed South Dakota's 2002 elk seasons. Included would be a few additional licenses and an additional, December antlerless-only opportunity under the Black Hills firearms season. Preference will apply to the prairie elk season. Preference can be switched within season units, but not between different seasons. In other words, preference for Black Hills elk cannot be used for prairie elk seasons or visa-versa.
Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Wild White-tail
A deer harvested by a hunter this past hunting season in Fall River County has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. In fact, the heads of over 500 deer were collected from South Dakota hunters this past fall to test for CWD. There were 76 deer collected in Fall River County alone. The infected deer was one of these 76, and there are more to still be tested.
Bowhunting Education Courses
South Dakota's big game archers who need certification should note that dates for National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) courses are becoming available.
Basic Hunting and Fishing Facts
How many South Dakotans hunt and fish? What is the economic impact of hunting and fishing in South Dakota? Information to these questions and more are currently available on the Game, Fish and Parks website.
Hunters Can Take Firearms on Airplanes
The Game, Fish, and Parks Department has posted a short article detailing the steps to take in order to transport firearms during a commuter flight. While this was published in South Dakota the rules apply in general to the FAA, so anybody flying with guns should review this article. The article also encourages people to check with their local airlines about any changes to firearm rules a few days prior to your trip.
Annual Bison Bull Hunt
Bison hunters interested in Custer State Park's Nov. 26 through Jan. 11 annual bison bull hunt must have their applications postmarked on or before Sept. 4
2001 Firearm Antelope Season
The Game, Fish and Parks Commission recently finalized the 2001 firearms antelope season for Oct. 6-14. An increased number of tags will be available, with an additional 8 percent for nonresidents.