East River, West River and National Refuge Deer Hunting Seasons Finalized

South Dakota West River deer hunters will have fewer days to hunt antlerless deer in 2015 after the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission voted to eliminate the nine days of antlerless hunting beginning the Saturday after Christmas. However, East River deer hunters will retain those nine days of deer hunting and be allowed to hunt with unfilled antlerless deer tags during that nine day time period. Â

Hunters will see a slight increase in the number of East River deer hunting licenses for 2015 with 250 fewer one-tag licenses, and 1,050 more two-tag licenses as compared to 2014. The Commission also established an antlerless deer unit within Yankton County; south of SD Highway 50 and west of US Highway 81. The East River deer hunting season will run from Nov. 21 to Dec. 6, 2015.

West River deer hunters will see a slight decrease in the number of licenses available for the West River deer hunting season in 2015 with the number of one-tag licenses reduced by 250 for residents and 20 for nonresidents as compared to 2014. A total of 16,440 one-tag, 1,620 two-tag licenses are available for residents and 1,319 one-tag, 130 two-tag licenses are available for nonresidents.

The West River deer hunting season dates for Corson, Dewey and Ziebach counties will follow the regular West River deer season; running from Nov. 14-29. For Gregory and Mellette counties the season will be Nov. 7-10 and Nov. 23-29.

Deer hunters wanting to hunt the Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge will find 20 more resident licenses and two more nonresident licenses. Similar to the East River deer season, hunters with an unfilled antlerless Sand Lake refuge tag will be allowed to hunt antlerless deer during the nine day period beginning the Saturday after Christmas.

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.  

For more information or to apply for hunting or fishing licenses online,  visit:  gfp.sd.gov

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