South Dakota Elk Hunting Seasons Proposed

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The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission has proposed several changes for South Dakota elk hunting seasons.

The proposals are as follows:

  • Custer State Park (CSP) Early Archery Elk tags would remain at three "any elk" licenses
  • There would be no antlerless licenses available for the CSP Firearms Season
  • CSP Later Archery Elk would remain closed
  • There would be four CSP Any Elk licenses available for the Firearms Season (one of those licenses available through the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation raffle)
  • Elimination of Unit 30A for archery and adjust the boundary of Unit 7 to include a portion northeast of I-90 near Tilford.
  • Adjust the license numbers from 89 "any" elk licenses and 37 "antlerless" licenses available in 2011 to 82 "any" and 25 "antlerless" licenses for the Black Hills Archery Season
  • Reduce the number of Firearms Elk licenses from 470 "any" elk and 395 "antlerless" licenses in 2011 to 395 "any" elk licenses and 260 "antlerless" licenses
  • Reduce the number of Prairie Elk licenses to 47 "any" and 53 "antlerless" licenses
  • Add Unit 27 to the Prairie Elk Season to include that portion of Fall River County south of the Cheyenne River and west of Highway 385, with season dates of Sept. 1-Oct. 31
  • Adjust the season dates for Unit 09A from Sept. 1-Oct. 1 to Sept. 15-Oct. 1 and Dec. 1-15
  • Adjust season dates for Unit 30 A to be held Sept. 29-Oct. 28 and Dec. 1-31

Other big-game season regulations also were proposed by the GFP commission at its March meeting.

The Custer State Park Deer Hunting Season was proposed to eliminate 35 antlerless whitetail licenses.

The Black Hills Bighorn Sheep Season was proposed, with a reduction in tags in Unit 1 from two to one license.

Residents who wishing to provide written comments on the big-game hunting proposals may do so until 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. Comments may be mailed to Game, Fish and Parks Commission, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD, 57501 or emailed to wildinfo@state.sd.us. Comments must have the sender's full name and address in order to become part of the public record.

Comments may also be made in person at the GFP Commission meeting during a public hearing at 2 p.m. CDT on Thursday, April 5, at the Days Inn in Brookings.