Archery and Firearms elk Seasons Finalized

April 8, 2016 | By: SD GFP

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2016 and 2017 archery and firearms elk seasons Thursday at their April meeting.

The archery season will run Sept. 1-30 in 2016 and 2017. In comparison to the 2015 season, the season has an additional three any elk licenses and 84 additional antlerless elk licenses.

The Commission also finalized the 2016 and 2017 Black Hills elk hunting seasons with an increase of 768 licenses from 2015; with 13 additional any elk licenses and 755 additional antlerless licenses. The season will run Oct. 1-31, 2016, for hunters possessing an any elk hunting license.

The Commission also created an antlerless elk hunting subunit in Unit 2, and a new format and timeframe for antlerless hunting. In Units 2 and 3, there will be subunits with an antlerless license allocation and each will have approximately a two week period to hunt. Those time periods will be either the second half of October, first half of December, or the last half of December. In all remaining antlerless hunting units, hunters will have the ability to hunt the second half of October and the ability to come back during the first half of December to hunt.

Columnist: SD GFP

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks manages SD's wildlife resources, parks, and outdoor recreational opportunities for the benefit of the people of this state and its visitors.  

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