West River Deer Licenses Proposed To Increase By 13 Percent

Send by email Printer-friendly version Share this

Highlights from the list of West River deer season changes proposed by the Game, Fish and Parks Commission include a 13-percent increase in deer licenses and a provision that would allow all West River "antlerless deer" tags to be valid during the firearms antelope season.

"Residents would have 2,060 fewer one-tag licenses, but would have 3,880 more two-tag licenses, which is a 13-percent increase of 5,700 tags over last year," said Wildlife Program Administrator Tony Leif. "Nonresident license numbers would increase by the same percentage."

In addition, the GFP Commission proposed to allow all West River antlerless deer tags to be valid during the firearms antelope season (set in July) and during the extended antlerless seasons that would run Nov. 28 – Dec. 4 and Jan. 1 – 8, 2006. Each unfilled and unsold West River deer tag would convert to its respective antlerless tag at the end of the regular season. However, this year the GFP Commission has proposed to make all permits valid on both public and private land. Last year they were valid only on private land.

Other proposed changes involving unit modifications include:

* Merging Units 02B in central Pennington County and Unit 21A in eastern Custer County into one unit.

* Merge Unit 27B, eastern Fall River County and 27C, southwest Fall River County into one unit.

* Merge Unit 35C and 35D in eastern Harding County into one unit.

* Merge Unit 49B and 49C in eastern Meade County into one unit.

Regular season dates would be Nov. 12 – 27 for most units. Exceptions would include Unit 30A, Gregory County and Unit 50A, Mellette County, which would be open Nov. 5 – 8 and Nov. 21 – 27. Unit 24A, Dewey County, and Unit 64A, Ziebach County, would be open Nov. 5-27.

To comment on the proposals, people can attend the public hearing at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 2, at the Pierre Ramkota, or write Game, Fish and Parks, 523 E. Capitol, Pierre, S.D. 57501. E-mail comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. Comments must include full name and address.