South Dakota Special Buck Hunts in 2008

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While the last of South Dakota's deer hunting seasons are winding down, work has already started on finalizing the 2008 seasons.

At its January meeting in Fort Pierre, the Game, Fish and Parks Commission approved the 2008 special buck licenses. Since the proposal was offered without changes from last year, it becomes effective without further commission action.

Special buck licenses are valid during the course of the East River and West River deer hunting seasons. George Vandel, assistant director of the Wildlife Division of the Game, Fish and Parks Department reminded commissioners that special buck license-holders may hunt only on private land.

Fees and license numbers will remain unchanged from 2007. There will be 500 resident and 500 nonresident licenses available for the West River season and 400 resident licenses available for the East River season. Nonresidents are not eligible for an East River special buck license. Resident license fees are $155 while fees for nonresidents are $505.

Applications for the special buck license should be available on the GFP Web site at in mid-March. The first application deadline is April 25.