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South Dakota Deer Population, Management News and Information Archive
Current news and an historical summary on South Dakota page
Annual Deer Harvest, Estimated from Survey
1975    35,000
1976    29,500
1977    23,000
1978    19,500
1979    19,800
1980    32,000
1981    20,500
1982    35,000
1983    48,000
1984    56,000
1985    49,000
1986    49,000
1987    39,500
1988    44,000
1989    55,000
1990    53,000
1991    56,500
1992    62,000
1993    65,000
1994    64,500
1995    59,000
1996    52,000
1997    50,000
1998    46,000
1999    48,500
2000    51,000
2001    59,000
2002    61,500
2003    70,000
2004    74,000
2005    84,500
2006:   88,000
2007:   88,500
2008:   91,500
2009:   87,350
2010:   94,726
2011:   85,160
2012:   71,500
2013:   55,483

Data for 1975 to 2005 estimated from graph, so approximate.

In 2013:  25,199 whitetail bucks, 23,275 whitetail does, 4,251 mule bucks. 2,758 mule does.
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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