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Deer Population and Management

South Dakota Deer Population, Management News and Information Archive
Annual Deer Harvest, Estimated from Survey

2006: 88,000
2007: 88,500
2008: 91,500
2009: 87,350
2010: 94,726
2011: 85,160
2012: 71,500

In 2012:  62,900 were whitetails (30,800 bucks, 32,100 does) and 8,600 were mule deer (4,900 bucks, 3,700 does.) 

In 2011: 33,285 whitetail bucks, 40,772 whitetail does, 5,675 mule bucks and 5,428 mule does. Hunting stats
Hard winter of 2010-2011 reduced herd.







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