Youth Deer Hunts Proposed

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South Dakota's youth deer hunters would have a few more licenses available, and nonresident youth could apply for leftover licenses after the initial drawings if a recent Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposal is ratified in May.

"A total of 4,060 youth deer licenses would be available this year for youth deer hunters ages 12 to 15," according to Game Management Specialist Ron Fowler. "This would be an increase from 3,980 licenses in 2001. Additionally, nonresident youth could apply after the second drawing for any leftovers. License would cost $5."

Season dates would be Sept. 14-22 and Dec. 7-31.

To be eligible for youth deer licenses, youths must turn 12 by Dec. 31, 2002. Each hunter may obtain only one license. Additionally, each youth hunter must be accompanied by an unarmed adult, and both must wear at least one exterior garment of fluorescent orange clothing, which includes a hat, vest, jacket, shirt, coat or sweater.

Shooting hours would be one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

To comment on the proposal, individuals can attend the public hearing at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 9, at the State Game Lodge in Custer State Park, or send written comments to Game, Fish and Parks, 523 E. Capitol, Pierre, S.D. 57501. E-mail comments may be sent to wildinfo@gfp.state.sd.us. Comments must include full name and address.