East River Deer Season Proposed

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South Dakota’s East River deer season has been proposed with an extended, one-week antlerless season that would run Dec. 1-7 and another season that would run Jan. 1-11.

As proposed by the Game, Fish and Parks Commission, licenses would be valid on all lands. Also, after the regular East River deer season ends (Nov. 30), all unsold and unused East River deer tags permitting the taking of a buck would be changed to antlerless licenses and made valid for these extended seasons. The only exception is that the East River special buck licenses do not convert and would not be valid during the Dec. or Jan. antlerless deer season extensions.

"All unused and unsold East River deer tags for ‘any deer’, ‘any whitetail deer’ and ‘any mule deer’ would be changed to their respective antlerless tags at the end of the regular East River deer season," said Regional Wildlife Manager Ron Schauer of Sioux Falls. "This would also include tags that are part of the ‘two-tag’ licenses. Special buck licenses are not included."

Northern and western East River deer units would be open Nov. 15-30, and southeastern East River deer units would be open Nov. 22-30 for all license types. Total licenses available would increase from 44,760 in 2002 to 44,935 for 2003, and total tags would increase from 62,410 in 2002 to 65,685 in 2003.

To comment, people can attend the public hearing at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 10 at the Ramkota in Pierre, or write Game, Fish and Parks, 523 E. Capitol, Pierre, S.D. 57501. E-mail can be sent to [email protected]. Comments must include full name and address.