South Dakota Elk, Bighorn and Deer Seasons Finalized

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The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission has finalized the 2011 Elk Hunting Seasons.

The Archery Elk Season will have 89 "any elk" and 37 "antlerless elk" licenses this year.

The Black Hills Firearm Elk Season will have 470 "any elk" and 395 "antlerless elk" licenses in 2011.

The Firearm Prairie Elk Season will have 49 "any elk" and 79 "antlerless elk" this year.

The Commission also finalized the 2011 Bighorn Sheep Season. Three bighorn licenses will be available. The Commission will keep the season closed on mountain goats in South Dakota.

The application process for elk seasons will open in late April. The application deadline is May 20.

The GFP Commission also finalized season dates for three deer hunting seasons for 2011.

The Youth Deer Hunting Season will run from Sept. 10 - Jan. 15, 2012.

The Archery Deer Hunting Season will run from Sept. 24 - Jan 15. 2012.

The Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season will run from Dec. 1 - Jan. 15, 2012.


hunter25's picture

While it's great to see that

While it's great to see that they do have some elk hunting opportunity I was surprised to realize my one hunting unit has nearly as many tags as the entire state does up there. I had always though that the Dakotas had a ton of different hunting options when I was younger but now realise they don't have as many animals as I always thought. I'm sure some is habitat related but I have also recently become aware of how badly the winter can hurt the game herd up there.

Good luck to everyone hunting that state and hopefully I will be up there myself chasing antelope one of these days.