South Dakota Approves Spring Turkey Season

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The S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Commission has approved a spring turkey hunting season for 2007 that expands the areas in the state where hunting is allowed and increases the opportunities for hunters.

The commission took the action at its November meeting in Spearfish.

Changes approved by the commission for the 2007 season include:

  • Offering residents 192 more one-tag "male-turkey" and 240 more two-tag "any turkey" licenses for the prairie units than were offered in 2006. The total of 672 tags represents an overall increase of 7 percent.
  • Offering nonresidents four fewer one-tag "male turkey" and 20 more two-tag "any turkey" licenses for the West River prairie units. This is an increase of 36 tags or 5 percent.
  • Combining units 02B in central Pennington County and 21A in eastern Custer County into one unit.
  • Establishing a new unit in Brule County.
  • Combining units in Charles Mix County and Douglas County into one unit.
  • Adding Spink County to the area open for archery hunting.

Game program administrator Tony Leif also noted a minor change for commissioners that updated the names of some roads that mark unit boundaries. He explained that the boundaries were not changed by that action.

The 2007 spring wild turkey season would be held from April 14 to May 20 in most units. License allocations in a few eastern South Dakota units are split to be valid in two successive hunting periods. The first of these split seasons will run from April 14 to May 1 and the late split season will run from May 2 to May 20.

Spring turkey application forms will be available online and in paper form in mid-January. The deadline for Custer State Park and prairie turkey applications will be in late February.