Elk Seasons Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed several elk seasons at their March meeting.
The Commission proposed three "any elk" licenses for the Firearms Custer State Park (CSP) Season and two "any elk" licenses for the CSP Early Archery Season, a reduction of 1 tag each from 2013. The CSP Late Archery and CSP Antlerless Elk Seasons will remain closed.
The Commission also proposed to increase the total number of licenses available for the Black Hills Firearms Elk Hunting Season to 770, up from 620 in 2013. The proposal would have 420 "any elk" licenses and 350 "antlerless elk" licenses. The Commission also proposed to remove the portion of Black Hills Unit 7 that is east of I-90 and place it in the Prairie Elk Hunting Season.
The Commission proposed to adjust the number of licenses available from 45 "any elk" and 51 "antlerless elk" licenses (total of 96 licenses) to 57 "any elk" and 36 "antlerless elk" licenses (total of 93 licenses) for the Prairie Elk Hunting Season as well.
The proposal would also modify the Unit 9 boundary to include the area east of Interstate 90, south of Sturgis and north of Piedmont and an area north and east of Highway 34 just north of Whitewood. The proposed season dates for Unit 9 would be adjusted from Sept. 15 - Oct. 31 and Dec. 1-15 to Sept. 15 - Oct. 31 and Dec. 1-31.
The Commission proposal for the Archery Elk Hunting Season recommends to adjust the number of licenses available from 92 "any elk" and 15 "antlerless elk" licenses (total of 107 licenses) in 2013 to 92 "any elk" and 40 "antlerless elk" licenses (total of 132 licenses) for 2014 and to remove the area east of I-90 in Unit 7.
The Commission will finalize these proposals during their April meeting in Oacoma. Written comments on these proposals can be sent to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, S.D. 57501, or emailed to [email protected]. To be included in the public record, comments must be received by 10 a.m. CDT on April 3 and have your full name and city of residence. The public comment portion of the April meeting will be held at 2 p.m. CDT at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma on April 3.