South Dakota Special Buck License Applications Available

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Hunters looking forward to applying for a special buck license will now be able to take a look back at previous application numbers.

After being finalized at the March meeting of the Game, Fish and Parks Commission in Pierre, the applications for special buck licenses are now available on the GFP Web site at In addition to the applications, there is also information available about applications that were submitted in 2006. These are available at

"This feature will allow applicants to research application volume information, by unit, from the previous drawing," said Game, Fish and Parks Department License Office Supervisor Scott Simpson. "We hope this information will be useful for applicants when making their unit selections."

Applications for the special buck licenses must be postmarked by April 20. Online applications may be made online up until 8 a.m. CDT on April 24. Results will be available online on April 27.

Special buck licenses are sold as part of both the West River and East River deer seasons. They allow the license holder to harvest a deer in any unit within that season boundary as long as it is on private land only. Successful applicants will not be eligible to apply in the regular West River or East River deer drawings until the third drawing. At that time they will be eligible to receive up to four additional licenses.

Applicants for special buck licenses should note that landowner permission is required in order to qualify for a license. Applicants must supply to GFP the name and telephone number of the landowner who has given them permission to hunt.

Applicants for an East River license must supply the name of an East River landowner and the name of a West River landowner must be supplied by applicants for West River licenses. Failure to comply with that requirement will result in the rejection of that application and all others applying together in the same envelope.