South Dakota GFPC Proposes Changes to Free Deer Licenses

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The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission is proposing that qualifying farmers and ranchers, who own or operate farm or ranch lands in deer units with antlerless tags available after the second lottery drawing from the previous year's East River and West River deer seasons, would have their choice of free antlerless deer tags for the deer-hunting season of their choice.

A new state law would provide up to two free antlerless deer licenses to qualifying farmers and ranchers. The GFP proposal would allow those landowners to choose between the rifle, archery, muzzleloader, or youth seasons. Free antlerless licenses would not be issued in counties that have restrictions for antlerless archery and muzzleloader seasons.

Those who would like to provide written comments on the proposal may do so until 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 1. Comments may be mailed to Game, Fish and Parks Commission, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, S.D., 57501, or e-mailed to . Each comment must have the sender's full name and address in order to be included in the public record.

Comments may also be presented in person at the public hearing during the GFP Commission meeting, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. CDT on Thursday, June 2, at the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, 43349 SD Hwy 52, near Yankton.


hunter25's picture

I guess if there is a need to

I guess if there is a need to reduce the herd more and there are leftover licenses anyway that this is a good idea to get some more on the ground. In my unit here in Colorado a lot of the private land tags go unsold or unused because the landowners will just not let anyone on their land. If I had property in the area I know I would put them to use but I would alreadyhave bought as many as they would let me have anyway. All in all it sounds like a non cotroversial plan.