South Dakota Proposed 2017 and 2018 deer regulations

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Proposed 2017 and 2018 deer regulations

GFP Commission Proposes the Archery Deer Hunting Seasons for the Next Two Years

CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D.  – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed a change to the area where archery antlerless whitetail deer licenses would be valid during their May meeting.

According to the proposal, antlerless whitetail deer licenses would be valid in units 44A and 62A and not valid for units 17A, 25A, 41A, 50A, and 58A.  These changes to Unit ARD-LM1 where antlerless whitetail deer licenses are valid aligns with the current population management objectives.

The proposed season dates for the 2017 and 2018 seasons would be:

  • Sept. 23, 2017 – Jan. 15, 2018
  • Sept. 22, 2018 – Jan. 15, 2019

The Commission also proposed to extend the end date for archery deer hunting in Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge from Dec. 31 to Jan. 15.

The Commission will finalize these proposals June 8-9 at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma. Written comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be part of the public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. CDT on June 8. Please include a full name along with the city and state of residence. To comment in person, the public hearing will be held June 8 at 2 p.m. CDT at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma.

GFP Commission Proposes East River and West River Deer Hunting Seasons

CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to offer approximately 10,500 fewer licenses for the 2017 East River deer hunting season; with a majority of this reduction to antlerless whitetail licenses.

The Commission proposed 3,580 more one-tag licenses, 4,925 less two-tag licenses (10,150 tags), and 1,400 less 3-tag licenses (4,200 tags) compared to 2016. There would be a proposed total of 21,085 one-tag and 5,250 two-tag licenses available.

The Commission also proposed to create a new Limited Access Unit (Unit 13L) in Brule County restricted to the Army Corps of Engineer property, all Game Production Areas, and the Elm Creek Lakeside Use Area immediately adjacent to the Missouri River, and the Pease Game Production Area in southwest Buffalo County. This unit would consist of all public land and landowner preference would not apply. In addition, the Commission proposed to modify Unit 13A to include all of Brule County excluding that portion within Unit 13L and to modify Unit 14A to include all of Buffalo County excluding the Pease Game Production Area within Unit 13L.

With the creation of this limited access unit; archery, muzzleloader and youth deer hunters would be required to obtain a free, unlimited access permit from the department prior to hunting in this area.

The proposed dates for the 2017 and 2018 East River deer hunting seasons would be:

  • Nov. 18 – Dec. 3, 2017
  • Dec. 30, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018 for antlerless deer tags only
  • Nov. 17 – Dec. 2, 2018
  • Dec. 29, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019 for antlerless deer tags only

The Commission proposed to slightly reduce the total number of licenses available for the 2017 and 2018 West River deer hunting seasons compared to 2016 by adjusting resident license numbers with an increase in one-tag licenses by 995 and a decrease in two-tag licenses by 2,100. It was also proposed to adjust nonresident license numbers by increasing one-tag licenses by 80 and decreasing two-tag licenses by 168. The total number of proposed licenses would be 15,340 one-tag and 3,320 two-tag resident licenses and 1,231 one-tag and 266 two-tag licenses for nonresidents.

The Commission also proposed to discontinue the split seasons for Gregory and Mellette counties and to have them align with the West River deer hunting season. It was also proposed to change the season date for Unit 24B (Little Moreau) to 16 consecutive days beginning on the Saturday12 days before Thanksgiving.

The proposed season dates for the 2017 and 2018 West River deer hunting seasons would be:

  • Nov. 11-26, 2017
  • Nov. 10-25, 2018

The Commission will finalize these proposals June 8-9 at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma. Written comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be part of the public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. CDT on June 8. Please include a full name along with the city and state of residence. To comment in person, the public hearing will be held June 8 at 2 p.m. CDT at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma.

GFP Commission Proposes the 2017 and 2018 Black Hills and Custer State Park Deer Hunting Seasons

CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D.  – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to increase the number of available antlerless whitetail licenses for the 2017 Black Hills deer hunting season.

The proposal would offer 200 more resident antlerless whitetail deer licenses and 16 more nonresident antlerless whitetail deer licenses for the BH-BD1 unit, compared to 2016.

Also proposed would be the expansion of the type and number of deer hunters allowed into Custer State Park. The proposal would offer 19 more any whitetail deer and five more any deer licenses as compared to the 2016 hunting season. Additionally, these licenses would be valid for only archery hunting from Nov. 1-15 and firearms and all allowable weapons for firearm hunting from Nov. 16-30.

In addition, Custer State Park would have 30 antlerless whitetail deer licenses available for hunters during the muzzleloader hunting season from Dec. 1-15.

The Commission will finalize these proposals June 8-9 at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma. Written comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be part of the public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. CDT on June 8. Please include a full name along with the city and state of residence. To comment in person, the public hearing will be held June 8 at 2 p.m. CDT at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma.

GFP Commission Proposes Muzzleloader and Refuge Deer Hunting Seasons for the Next Two Years

CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed a change to the area where muzzleloader antlerless whitetail deer licenses will be valid for the 2017 and 2018 hunting seasons.

According to the proposal, antlerless whitetail deer licenses would be valid in units 44A and 62A and not valid for units 17A, 25A, 41A, 50A, and 58A.  These changes to Unit MZD-LM1 where antlerless whitetail deer licenses are valid aligns with the current population management objectives.

There would be 1,000 statewide any deer licenses and unlimited single-tag licenses for unit MZD-LM1 antlerless whitetail deer licenses available.

Season dates would be:

  • Dec. 1, 2017 – Jan. 15, 2018
  • Dec. 1, 2018 – Jan. 15, 2019

The Commission also proposed to offer 10 more resident and one more nonresident any deer licenses for LaCreek National Wildlife Refuge and to offer 10 less resident and one less nonresident any deer licenses for Waubay National Wildlife Refuge. The Commission proposed to change all licenses within Waubay Wildlife Refuge to be restricted to muzzle-loading rifles.

Licenses and season dates for National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) would be:

Sand Lake NWR              

  • Resident: 100 any deer and 50 any antlerless deer licenses
  • Nonresident: 10 any deer and 5 any antlerless deer licenses
  • 2017 Season Dates:
    • November 11-15November 16-20November 21-26November 27 – December 3December 4-10, and December 30, 2017 - January 7, 2018.
  • 2018 Season Dates:
    • November 10-14November 15-19November 20-25November 26 – December 2December 3-9, and December 29, 2017 - January 6, 2018.

LaCreek NWR       

  • Residents: 25 any deer licenses
  • Nonresidents: 3 any deer licenses
  • 2017 Season Dates:
    • Oct. 18-24 and Nov. 22-28
  • 2018 Season Dates:
    • Oct. 17-23 and Nov. 21-27

Waubay NWR

  • Residents: 20 any deer licenses
  • Nonresidents: 2 any deer licenses
  • 2017 Season Dates:
    • Nov. 11-18 and Nov. 27 – Dec. 3 and includes Waubay State Game Refuge
  • 2018 Season Dates:
    • Nov. 10-17 and Nov. 26 – Dec. 2 and includes Waubay State Game Refuge

The Commission will finalize these proposals June 8-9 at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma. Written comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be part of the public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. CDT on June 8. Please include a full name along with the city and state of residence. To comment in person, the public hearing will be held June 8 at 2 p.m. CDT at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma.


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