South Dakota's Volunteer Antlerless Deer Hunter Program

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An opportunity for those interested in hunting antlerless deer to list names and contact information online is now available on the S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Web site.

"Many times during the year, landowners contact GFP staff looking to host antlerless deer hunters," said Wildlife Damage Management Program Administrator Art Smith. "Prior to 2005, staff handled those requests, but this program allows landowners to directly contact interested hunters."

Deer hunters already holding antlerless licenses who are looking for private land to hunt antlerless deer can add their names, contact information, and which counties they are interested in hunting to a Web-based list. That list can then be accessed by landowners who invite the hunters to their property. Landowners can choose which license types they are willing to host and list the counties where the land is located. Once selected, the system produces a list of hunters that match the landowners' selections.

"This is the fifth year for this popular program. We believe part of that popularity is due to landowners' need to have more antlerless deer harvested and a desire by some hunters to find private land to hunt on," Smith said. "We still believe the best way to develop a hunter/landowner relationship is through knocking on doors and talking with people. We hope this program will help make those initial contacts easier."

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